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MLB stars Yoenis Cespedes and Jose Abreu on witnesses list for smuggling case

FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2016, file photo, New York Mets' Yoenis Cespedes reacts after striking out swinging for the final out in the Mets' 5-4 loss to the Atlanta Braves in a baseball game in New York.  Cespdes is expected to opt out of the remainder of his contract, which would pay $47.5 million over two seasons, and become a free agent again. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2016, file photo, New York Mets' Yoenis Cespedes reacts after striking out swinging for the final out in the Mets' 5-4 loss to the Atlanta Braves in a baseball game in New York. Cespdes is expected to opt out of the remainder of his contract, which would pay $47.5 million over two seasons, and become a free agent again. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)  (Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

New York Mets slugger Yoenis Cespedes and Chicago White Sox star Jose Abreu are among the Major League Baseball figures on a U.S. witness list for an upcoming Cuban ballplayer smuggling trial.

Documents filed Monday in Miami federal court also list former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and several MLB executives as possible witnesses in the trial of South Florida sport agents Bartolo Hernandez and associate Julio Estrada.

Trial is set Jan. 3 for Hernandez and Estrada on charges of conspiracy and bringing immigrants into the U.S. illegally. Both men have pleaded not guilty. The players are not accused of wrongdoing.

A grand jury indictment says Cuban baseball players paid the smuggling ring more than $15 million to leave the communist-run island in secretive ventures that included surreptitious boat voyages. 

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