Leslie Anderson Defects From Cuba

Leslie Anderson, a first baseman/outfielder for Cuba's national team has defected and is looking to negotiate with big league teams according to Jorge Ebro of El Nuevo Herald (as translated by Nick Collias). Jaime Torres, the agent for the 26-year-old, says there is "much interest" in his client. 

Anderson can play all three outfield positions and his agent compared him to another versatile Cuban, Alexei Ramirez. Anderson hit .381 with 13 homers in Cuba last season and escaped to Mexico in September. 


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Guest
5 years 7 months ago

Is he going straight to the Minors? He’s 26. A Cuban defector…It’s the best thing since sliced bread!

Also, someone needs to take him to NY and get him a Pastrami Sandwich. It’s really American thing Leslie.

coachofall
5 years 7 months ago

Chapman? Anderson? What happened to all the cubans with Latin names?

metsfan08
5 years 7 months ago

those with english names are from jamaican descent, chapam is cuban-jamaican.

firealyellon
5 years 7 months ago

get on the horn Mr. Williams

philpbarnes
5 years 7 months ago

Would be a decent pickup for the Mets, no? Seems like the sort of guy they would be wise to take a chance on, not that I really know a lot about him.

vtadave
5 years 7 months ago

But the Mets have the great Daniel Murphy? Or is it David? Dale?…

gillieg
5 years 7 months ago

its Daniel. The David Murphy is either on the Dodgers or Rangers, not sure which one.

vtadave
5 years 7 months ago

Joking..sorry that wasn’t clear.

rzepczynski
5 years 7 months ago

a first baseman/centre fielder ??? hes probably acutally around 30 these defectors never really pan out

universalguru
5 years 7 months ago

but what about superstar Yuniesky Betancourt? In all seriousness though… some do pan out. Just look at Kendry Morales and the Hernandez brothers.

5 years 7 months ago

Alexi aint bad.

5 years 7 months ago

And don’t forget Yunel Escobar.

counciltucky
5 years 7 months ago

The first thing I thought was along the same lines as coachofall: “Leslie Anderson — yeah, THAT’s a Cuban name if I ever heard one…”

theangelsalley
5 years 7 months ago

The Angels should be interested with their need of a backup firstbaseman and a backup outfielder. Just based ont he RAmierez camparison, he seems like he would be a good fit.

theangelsalley
5 years 7 months ago

He would be good company with Kendry Morales in Anaheim. And would fill out last rsoter spot and give us some more versatility.

Ferrariman
5 years 7 months ago

Man…381 avg.. Sounds like he might be skipping minor leagues ( especially being 26 yrs old )

gs01
5 years 7 months ago

But in how many games was that is what I wonder.

luisitohavana
5 years 7 months ago

It was in 90 games. Those are the games that cuban teams play before play offs.

coco1997
5 years 7 months ago

Sounds like he would be a good fit for the White Sox. Cuban pipeline, can play all three outfield positions and spell Konerko at first…seems to have the versatility that Ozzie loves. Not sure what his asking price will be but if it’s reasonable enough, here’s hoping Reinsdorf loosens the purse strings for Kenny Williams to at least look into him. I think it’s pretty unanimous amongst Sox fans that this whole Vizquel/Kotsay/Jones DH committee thing is a bad idea.

lug
5 years 7 months ago

I am not in love with our DH situation, I do think Andruw will have a good year, Kotsay is a good contact hitter. It may not be good but I don’t think it will be terrible. At the same time I am not sure this guy is the answer to it. The thirteen home runs does not translate to much power. The batting average is a good sign though maybe a .280 hitter, that the Sox could use.

nckdmss
5 years 7 months ago

“…escaped” to Mexico. Hmm…interesting choice of words.

mario26
5 years 7 months ago

What are you trying to say?

nckdmss
5 years 7 months ago

I should be clear. Does the choice of the word “escaped” indicate a fondness for Mexico or a dislike of Cuba?

xTheHalosx
5 years 7 months ago

Not sure I follow either.

gillieg
5 years 7 months ago

i think its more of a dislike for Cuba, because i can’t really see a reason for an american sports journalist to have some overpowering love for mexico.

Lincecum_Says_GSP
5 years 7 months ago

It’s niether… Mexico is an easier “landing spot” for defecting Cubans. Basically its the Miami route or Mexico (via Cancun). Either way its literally an escape because its all done under the “radar”.

aap212
5 years 7 months ago

If you leave by choice and you’re not allowed to leave by choice, I think it’s fair to call that an escape without being accused of editorializing.

5 years 7 months ago

Dear Mr. MacPhail,
Please. Like seriously… PLEASE!!!!
Love,
Jeff

Dev0
5 years 7 months ago

the Jays are a fit if he is decently controllable.

5 years 7 months ago

Get her done Kenny.

tribescribe
5 years 7 months ago

Numerous sources show his birthdate as 3-30-1982, which would make him 27 going on 28. If true, he’s not a prospect.

cderry
5 years 7 months ago

My birthdate is 5/31/1982. It makes me 27 going on 28. I consider myself a prospect! Wait, I’m married…scratch that.

tribescribe
5 years 7 months ago

In the Sox’ barren farm system, you would be a prospect!

cderry
5 years 7 months ago

Yay!

gillieg
5 years 7 months ago

This is exactly what the mets need to have any chance of salvaging this offseason. Fill the 1b hole (tatis can’t start, not consistent enough, while Murphy doesnt have sufficient power), and just pray that you can find a pitcher to step up from the minors. otherwise they are pretty screwed this year :(

goldenglove002
5 years 7 months ago

Braves?

aeqr
5 years 7 months ago

Damn you Leslie! Why you didn’t “escape” before Omar inked Tatis again?

iwishihadaclue
5 years 7 months ago

Lmao. Better yet why didnt he escape before they traded for Gary Matthews Jr.

EvilEmpireIsBack
5 years 7 months ago

This player should have Mets written all over him. Do it Omar!

cubs101
5 years 7 months ago

cubs should pick him up to replace d-lee when he’s gone