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Friday, July 28, 2006

El Nacional: Gourriel Defects?

A babelfish translation seems to indicate Yuliesky Gourriel has defected to Colombia.  Spanish in the link, Babelfish below:

CARTAGENA, Colombia. - The Cuban peloteros Yulieski Gurriel and Eduardo Paret would have deserted in the Colombian port of Cartagena, seat XX the Central American Games and the Caribbean, it assured east Friday the local press. “One of the members of the Cuban novena that deserted would be stellar the second base Yulieski Gurriel considered like one of the best ones of the world in its position. Apparently, its next destiny would be the equipment of the Yankees, New York “, informed the newspaper the Time into Bogota. According to the newspaper, “the other deserter of the Cuban equipment would be paracorto Eduardo Paret”. Tuesday, the Cuban sportsmen Damaris Nay, Julio Acosta and Carlos Castle deserted in Dominican, subhost Republic for the competitions of handball in XX the Central American Games and of the Caribbean

Willie Mays Hayes Posted: July 28, 2006 at 08:48 PM | 23 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Tony H. Posted: July 28, 2006 at 09:03 PM (#2115836)
Wow, I thought the consensus was that there was no way he would defect because of his parents? I don't remember what the story was exactly was. Somebody enlighten me.

In any case, get him to play second base next year, Mr. Shapiro.
   2. Robinson Cano Plate Like Home Posted: July 28, 2006 at 09:04 PM (#2115837)
Sure, the equipment of the Yankees, New York would listen if Gourriel called.
   3. JRVJ (formerly Delta Socrates) Posted: July 28, 2006 at 09:07 PM (#2115843)
Quickie translation, from your resident Latin American (who amongst other things is a certified public translator in Panama):

Two Ballplayers may have asked for asylum in Colombia (TR. Note - I'm translating "Desertar" as asking for asylum).

Cuban ballplayers Yulieski Gurriel and Eduardo Parret may have asked for asylum in the Colombian Port of Cartagena, where the XXth Central American and Caribbean games are being held, according to local press reports this friday.

"One of the members of the Cuban squad which deserted would be the star second baseman Yulieski Gurriel, considered to be one of the best in the world at his position. Apparently, his next destination will be the New York Yankees", as per El Tiempo de Bogotá.

According to the newspaper, "the other deserter of the Cuban team will be shortstop Eduardo Paret".

On tuesday, Cuban athletes Damaris Nay, Julio Acosta y Carlos Castillo asked for asylum in the Dominican Republic, subhost for handball of the XXth Central American and Caribbean games.
   4. Tom (and his broom) Posted: July 28, 2006 at 09:09 PM (#2115847)
maybe he can have ruben rivera pick up some yankee equipment for him.
   5. TerpNats Posted: July 28, 2006 at 09:13 PM (#2115855)
Mr. Lerner, Mr. Kasten: make an offer to Mr. Gurriel that blows Steinbrenner out of the water. After all, Washington has a tradition of bringing in Cuban ballplayers. And if it means keeping Livan, do that, too.
   6. Old Matt Posted: July 28, 2006 at 09:19 PM (#2115863)
OMAR PICK UP THE PHONE!
   7. Don Guillote (The Cheat) Posted: July 28, 2006 at 09:26 PM (#2115872)
So what's the story on Gurriel again? He was playing 2B in the WBC, but isn't his natural position 3B or even SS? I seem to remember him conceding that position to another more established hitter in the WBC.
   8. Don Guillote (The Cheat) Posted: July 28, 2006 at 09:30 PM (#2115875)
I looked it up. Apparently he's more comfortable at 3B, but he conceded that position to Eriquez, who might have been Cuba's best hitter at the advanced age of 25.
   9. vortex of dissipation Posted: July 28, 2006 at 09:33 PM (#2115876)
7. (The Cheat) ENJOYS THE TASTES OF COBBED CORN Posted: July 28, 2006 at 05:26 PM (#2115872)

So what's the story on Gurriel again? He was playing 2B in the WBC, but isn't his natural position 3B or even SS? I seem to remember him conceding that position to another more established hitter in the WBC.


Correct; I don't have the final 2005-2006 stats on hand, but I looked him up at the time of WBC, and he had exclusively played 3B for his Cuban club team during the 2004-2005, and 2005-2006 (up to that point) seasons.
   10. Halofan Posted: July 28, 2006 at 10:04 PM (#2115898)
Arte Moreno's bilingualism will serve him well in this matter...
   11. Gideon Posted: July 28, 2006 at 10:05 PM (#2115899)
He was playing 2B in the WBC, but isn't his natural position 3B or even SS?

Well, that's a good fit, then; the Yankees don't have anyone significant playing those positions.
   12. Norcan Posted: July 28, 2006 at 10:07 PM (#2115902)
The only team I could see not being interested, on a pure talent basis, would be Arizona because they have Callaspo.
   13. Steve Phillips' Hot Cougar (DrStankus) Posted: July 28, 2006 at 10:22 PM (#2115912)
I think he'll get a $40 million per year contract.
   14. MM1f Posted: July 28, 2006 at 11:29 PM (#2115953)
Maybe the Marlins would be willing to actually spend some money in this case since having a Cuban star or two might be a good boost to their sagging attendence and local interest
   15. StatsGuru Posted: July 28, 2006 at 11:51 PM (#2115980)
This article has Gourriel in Cuba on Thursday.

http://www.plenglish.com/article.asp?ID={4642681D-0A3A-41EF-80DF-6D783F667500}&language=EN
   16. Hendry's Wad of Cash (UCCF) Posted: July 28, 2006 at 11:51 PM (#2115981)
I think he'll get a $40 million per year contract.

Only if the Dodgers get involved.
   17. Ienpw Posted: July 29, 2006 at 03:24 AM (#2116355)
The Dodgers are always looking for middle infielders. They just added one guy with a lot of strikeouts, why not another?
   18. cmschex Posted: July 29, 2006 at 04:28 AM (#2116430)
Only if the Dodgers get involved.


He'd then probably lose much of his ability and become nothing better than a backup MI prospect.
   19. Hurdle's Heroes (SuperBaes) Posted: July 29, 2006 at 05:37 AM (#2116483)
He'd then probably lose much of his ability and become nothing better than a backup MI prospect.


Wait a second, Gourriel can both hit and field; don't the Dodgers only acquire players who con only do one or the other?
   20. Steve Phillips' Hot Cougar (DrStankus) Posted: July 30, 2006 at 12:42 AM (#2117428)
I think he'll get a $40 million per year contract.

Only if the Dodgers get involved.


And Toronto.

Really, he should be a D-back, but I'm sure it'll be fine in the end.
   21. MM1f Posted: July 30, 2006 at 12:50 AM (#2117432)
Wouldnt he be blocking Callaspo then?

(/sarcasm)
   22. GoldSox Posted: August 09, 2006 at 11:13 PM (#2133950)
If the Dodgers had $40M a year to burn, I think it'd be a perfectly reasonable investment, even if he ended up becoming a backup MI prospect.

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