Cuban-born Chicago White Sox slugger Jose Abreu defected to the U.S in 2013. In 2017, he testified against a Florida sports agent and a baseball trainer accused of smuggling players from Cuba
Los Angeles Dodgers star Yasiel Puig shakes hands with fans Dec. 16 at the Latin American Stadium in Havana during a Major League Baseball goodwill tour. Puig and fellow Cuban national Jose Abreu of the Chicago White Sox returned home Tuesday for the first time since defecting — Puig in 2012, Abreu in 2013 — to join the American big leagues.
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Yoan Francisco, a rookie for the Havana Industriales, warms up before a game at Havana's Latin American Stadium. Cuban baseball has been facing hard times, but improved diplomatic relations with the U.S. have raised the possibility of increased cooperation and new opportunities.