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Two Cuban players defect during the Caribbean Series

Cuba

Jorge Ortiz of USA Today reports that two players on the Cuban national team, playing in the Caribbean Series in Puerto Rico, have defected. The players: shortstop Dainer Moreira and pitcher Vladimir Gutierrez.

Neither are thought to be elite prospects. Moreira is 30 and Gutierrez, while only 19, is not a hard thrower. Given his age and early success, though, Gutierrez is thought to have major league potential.