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  1. Oldest living ex-major leaguer turns 101

    Apr 25, 2012, 8:37 PM EDT

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    The oldest living ex-major leaguer is a Cuban by the name of Conrado Marrero. Marrero, a 5-foot-5 pitcher who played for the Washington Senators from 1950-54, turned 101 on Wednesday, and Paul Haven of the Associated Press was in Havana to document the occasion. Click here to read the story, but here are some highlights:…

  2. Rays release Jose Julio Ruiz five months after signing him

    Nov 19, 2010, 5:17 PM EDT

    In early June the Rays signed Cuban first baseman Jose Julio Ruiz to a minor-league contract that included a unique stipulation where they had to decide by mid-November whether to give him a four-year, $4 million deal or let him go. At the time of the initial signing Ruiz was viewed as a solid prospect…

  3. Scouting report on 17-year-old Cuban defector Yasiel Balaguer

    Nov 18, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    Yasiel Balaguer

    Last week 17-year-old Cuban center fielder Yasiel Balaguer defected to Nicaragua and immediately got himself an agent with eye toward becoming a free agent and signing with an MLB team. An article about the news in the El Nuevo Herald included all sorts of glowing words about his upside, including the usual praise from his…

  4. Cuban center fielder Yasiel Balaguer defects with eye on MLB

    Nov 15, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Yasiel Balaguer

    Yasiel Balaguer, a 17-year-old center fielder considered one of the top prospects in Cuba, has defected to Nicaragua in order to become a free agent and sign with an MLB team, according to Jorge Ebro of El Nuevo Herald. Ebro reports that Balaguer is now being represented by the Miami Sports agency and calls him…

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