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In booming marketplace for Cuban players, Puig's tale far from unique
In booming marketplace for Cuban players, Puig's tale far from unique

Yasiel Puig's journey to Los Angeles — and riches with the Dodgers — is a serpentine tale of drug cartels, nighttime escapes and international human smuggling. Yet in the booming marketplace for Cuban ballplayers, it is far from unique. Since 2009, nearly three dozen have defected, with at least 25 of them signing contracts worth more than a combined $315 million. Many, like Puig, were spirited away on speedboats to Mexico, Haiti or the Dominican Republic. Once there, they typically were held by traffickers before being released to agents — for a price. -------------------- FOR THE RECORD: This article misspells the name of Puig's original agent, Jaime...

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