A baseball agent has accused the Dodgers of breaking U.S. law by entering Cuba to sign young prospects.
Responding to remarks earlier this week by Dodgers senior vice president Tommy Lasorda, agent Joe Cubas denied Lasorda's accusation that he arranged for Cuban defectors to escape on yachts.
"On the other hand, Dodger executives have entered Cuba via the Dominican Republic with the exclusive purpose of scouting and signing Cuban players, a clear violation of major league baseball rules and regulations and a major violation of the U.S. trade embargo," Cubas said in a statement Friday.
Earlier this year, the commissioner's office voided the contracts of two Cuban prospects signed by the Dodgers and fined the team $200,000, ruling the players were 15 when they signed. Baseball rules prohibit teams from signing players until they are 16.
Third baseman Adrian Beltre's agent, Scott Boras, claims his client was 15 when the Dodgers signed him in the Dominican Republic.
Earlier this week, Lasorda said, "The two Cubans we signed, what did we do differently than Joe Cubas, who brings these guys in from those countries?"
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