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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Cuban Player Defects

MIAMI () -- One of Cuba's top baseball players defected in Mexico and plans to play in the United States, according to sports agent Joe Cubas.

Cubas flew to Mexico on Thursday to meet 21-year-old outfielder Osmani Santana, who won Cuba's equivalent of the golden glove in 1996.

"He's a tremendous center fielder," Cubas said. "He will draw a lot of attention from major league clubs."

Santana was in Mexico training for a tournament in Italy.