Patt Morrison for July 5, 2012

Yasiel Puig, Cuban defector, joins Dodgers

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Tony Gwynn #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates a 4-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds with Luis Cruz #47, Scott Van Slyke #33 and Elian Herrera #37 at Dodger Stadium on July 4, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.

The Dodgers are making history again. The team has signed Cuban defector Yasiel Puig to a 7 year, $42 million contract. The deal is the highest dollar amount ever given to a Cuban defector by a major league team.

The Dodgers have already enjoyed an historic 2012 with the $2 billion sale of the team back in March to Magic Johnson’s group, the highest price tag for any sports franchise. And, thanks to the best start in franchise history, LA remains right in the thick of the National League West division race, with a half-game lead over their arch-rival, San Francisco.

With players coming from Mexico, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and Venezuela, most Latino players make it to the U.S. with the permission and consent of both the U.S. government and their homeland. However, Puig’s defection from Cuba: is it ok to break the law in your own country to make a paycheck someplace else? And because of the amount Puig could make, do other Cuban players now have 42 million reasons to leave home illegally?


Is it ok for Cuban ball players to defect in order to make a living in the U.S.?


Jaime Jarrin, Hall-of-Fame Spanish play-by-play voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers

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