MIAMI – An agency that represents Major League Baseball players says its has signed a contract with the Cuban baseball player who defected shortly after the World Baseball Classic in March.
According to an Instragram post by Leona Sports on Thursday, Ivan Prieto signed with the company after reaching out to them.
According to the company’s website, the agency has a strong focus on the Latino baseball player. It was founded by the first Cuban-American MLBPA Certified Agent Lisette Carnet.
Prieto defected after the Cuban national team played in the World Baseball Classic in Miami.
Earlier this month, a woman who said she is the first cousin of Prieto told Local 10 News he is with his brother and for now, they are staying with friends outside of South Florida.
Prieto is the only player believed to have defected.
The Cuban government has yet to respond to reports of Prieto’s defection.
This is a developing story.