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Dodgers sign Cuban defector Erisbel Arruebarrena
Dodgers sign Cuban defector Erisbel Arruebarrena

PHOENIX — Told the Dodgers signed free-agent shortstop Erisbel Arruebarrena to a five-year, $25-million contract, Yasiel Puig was flooded with memories of his childhood in Cuba. Puig and Arruebarrena met as 9-year-olds in Cienfuegos. They played together on various youth teams. Eventually, they became standouts on the Elefantes, their hometown club in Cuba's top baseball league. "He was a good friend of mine," Puig said Saturday. "We were always together." They were frequently at each other's houses. Their fathers were friends. Puig said he hasn't spoken to Arruebarrena since he signed with the Dodgers. Arruebarrena, 23, is in the...

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