Cuban First Baseman Jose Abreu Defects, Hopes To Play In MLB

Another Cuban baseball star bites the dust, fleeing the island in hope to make it as a pro in the United States.

An official newspaper of Cuba reported that star first baseman Jose Dariel Abreu has defected to try and play in the majors.

The weekly Trabajadores newspaper reported Monday that Abreu departed Cuba "illegally and silently" for a Caribbean nation, most likely Haiti or the Dominican Republic, to make a go at making it in Major League Baseball.

So far, no further details have been provided.

The 26-year-old Abreu played in all six games for Cuba in the World Baseball Classic in March, hitting .383 with three home runs and nine RBIs.

Abreu is the fourth Cuban player to defect in the past two months, adding to the departures of first baseman Yozzen Cuesta, and pitchers Misael Siveiro and Odrisamer Despaigne.

Cuban defectors Yoenis Cespedes and Yasiel Puig have recently signed multimillion dollar contracts to play in the MLB.

Based on reporting by The Associated Press.

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