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Per Jesse Sanchez, Yulieski Gurriel and Lourdes Gurriel, Jr., have defected from Cuba

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Yulieski Gurriel
Yulieski Gurriel
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Yulieski Gurriel and Lourdes Gurriel, Jr., two top players in Cuba, have defected and "will be seeking MLB deals," according to Jesse Sanchez.

Yulieski, 31, is a third baseman who played for Yokohama in the Japanese Central League in 2014, but otherwise has spent his career playing in Cuba.  He's considered to be one of the best, if not the best, players still in Cuba, and is old enough that he would be eligible for a deal that is outside the bonus pool limits.  Given what Jose Abreu, Rusney Castillo and Yasmany Tomas have commanded, Yulieski would seem to be looking at as much as 5 years, $60-80M once he is eligible to sign.

You can see Yulieski's career stats here.

Lourdes, 22, is an infielder who is currently subject to the bonus pool limitations; however, he turns 23 in October, and if he signs after he turns 23 (and he may not be cleared by MLB to sign for some time), he will be unrestricted.

You can see Lourdes' career stats here.

Jesse Sanchez did a story on Lourdes just a few days ago, talking to him about the potential of playing major league baseball.  Sanchez also talked to Yulieski last year.

And the Toronto Globe and Mail did a story on the duo, part of the "First Family of Cuban Baseball," in December.