DeNA Signs Gourriel

» 12 May 2014 » In international baseball, npb »

According to multiple Media outlets out of Japan (such as Nikkan Sports) the Yokohama DeNA Baystars have signed Cuban infielder Yulieski Gourriel. Nikkan Sports quotes Gourriel as saying “Japan is known as a high-level league, so I’ve always wanted to try playing there. I’m very happy to have that hope fulfilled. I appreciate the Baystars for giving me this opportunity.”

Gourriel will wear number 10 for the ‘Stars, and his arrival in Japan is of yet undecided. No other details have been announced as of yet.

For more on Gourriel and Cuban players in NPB, please see this previous post.


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  1. Patrick
    13/05/2014 at 1:48 am Permalink

    What he will get paid in Japan is going to set him up for life! He deserves his chance too

    Anyways, do you think that now Cubans don’t need to defect to play professionally in Japan will lead to NPB teams scouting more cubans and looking less at the 4A player from MiLB if Gourriel and Cepeda are to be successful?