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Cuban player signs contract to play in Japan’s professional league

Cuban player signs contract to play in Japan’s professional league
Cuban baseball player Yurisbel Gracial signed a contract today in Havana to play in the Japanese professional league, at Softbank’s Halcones, reported the island’s sports media.
Gracial will join three other Cuban baseball players who are already hired by the same Japanese franchise, current champion of the Asian nation, such as the powerful hitter Alfredo Despagine, the left-handed pitcher Liván Moinelo and Oscar Luis Colás.
The signing of Gracial has been finalized after playing two seasons with the Canadian team Capitales de Québec, of the Can-Am League.
«I am aware that this League has great quality and it must be a remarkable personal and professional experience. I want to obtain positive results to continue opening the way for other Cuban players who can join, “said the island player, quoted by the” Jit “website.
Facing this new step in his sporting career, Gracial appreciated the importance of his previous experience in Canada and said that he now hopes to improve his performance to contribute more to his team on the island, Matanzas, and the national team in the future.
The Cuban player’s contract provides for a parenthesis with the Japanese league to join the Cuban preselection before the start of the Central American and Caribbean Games in Barranquilla, Colombia, next July, the digital publication points out.
Authorities from the island’s state Sports Institute (Inder) confirmed that the contracts of two other players, Raidel Martínez and Ariel Martínez, are in the process of being negotiated with the Chunichi Dragons, a club that also belongs to the Japanese professional league.
Since 2013, Inder has authorized contracts abroad for high-performance Cuban athletes and since then, Cuban players have signed agreements with professional clubs from countries such as Japan, Mexico, Colombia and Canada.
At the moment, the hiring exempts the United States due to the economic embargo law that that country applies to Cuba, which does not allow this type of agreement, although sports authorities of the island and the Major Leagues (MLB) have held talks at the same time. respect after the diplomatic thaw between Havana and Washington.
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