ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Cuban outfielder Leonys Martin has his first assignment with the Texas Rangers.
Martin, who was born in Cuba, 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.
He will playing for the AA Frisco Roughriders.
JG: The obnoxious Yankee imperialists constantly carp and write about “defecting.” They have shown, time and again, that they have no class. All they care about is their never ending greed. They have dollar signs in their pupils. I am sure that Leonys will continue loving Cuba, and will run all the way to the bank with all the money that the dumb Yankees are giving him.