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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Leonys Martin ransom case detailed

This ain’t no rick roll.

Like many Cuban baseball stars, outfielder Leonys Martin dreamed of leaving the communist island for the bright lights and big money of Major League Baseball.

Martin accomplished his goal in 2011 when he signed with the Texas Rangers, but not before what court documents and the U.S. Justice Department describe as a harrowing ordeal in which he was held for ransom in Mexico while his family members were kept under surveillance in South Florida.

Three people have been indicted in Miami on federal charges of hostage-taking and extortion conspiracy—counts that carry potential life prison sentences if they are convicted—and Martin himself is suing his alleged kidnappers for the return of more than $1.3 million he has already paid them.

Der-K is really digging the new Tame Impala album. Posted: December 25, 2013 at 11:20 AM | 1 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: crime, cuban baseball, international free agents, politics, rangers

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   1. valuearbitrageur Posted: December 25, 2013 at 01:45 PM (#4623853)
Yasiel Puig was also kidnapped. By the Dodgers, who hold him against his will from fulfilling every ballplayers dream, becoming a NY Yankee. At least that's how Yankees fans relate the injustice

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