Cuban OF Martin Set For Rangers Organization Debut

ARLINGTON (AP)  Cuban outfielder Leonys Martin has his first assignment with the Texas Rangers.

Martin, who defected from Cuba last year and signed a $15.5 million, five-year contract last week, is scheduled to make his debut in the Rangers organization Thursday playing for Double-A Frisco.

The speedy outfielder was introduced by the Rangers before their game Wednesday. Martin says he has always dreamed of playing in the major leagues, and he may get that chance by the end of the season.

General manager Jon Daniels says the Rangers will see how he does at Double-A before determining the next step.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  1. C Bauer says:

    As a conservative, and as anti-illegal alien as they come, I just had an epiphany. It’s funny how a guy can defect from Cuba to earn $3.1 million a year as long as he can hit a ball and have a club pay the immigration attorney fees, grease the politicians, etc., yet some “wet back” who risks death walking through the desert and crossing the border to come here for a better life washing dishes or mowing lawns is vilified and has to wait years to even be considered legal entry into this country.

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