[4/12/2017] Chiba Lotte Marines looking at Roel Santos

The Chiba Lotte Marines are looking into twenty-nine-year-old Cuban outfielder Roel Santos. He could provide a spark at the top of their line-up. Lotte official Nobuhira Hayashi is neither admitting or denying interest. He has, however, said they might sign one more foreign player, based on need.

Santos could end up playing independent baseball in Canada if an agreement can not be reached in Japan.

Source: Sports Hochi 4/11/2017, ZakZak 4/11/2017, Nikkan Sports 4/9/2017, Sponichi 4/9/2017, Sponichi 4/10/2017

[UPDATE 5/10 @ 6:26pm]

The Marines admitted they were discussing Santos with Cuba. However, they are still in the middle of negotiations.

A report in CiberCuba notes that there were plans for Santos to play in the┬áCanadian American Association of Professional Baseball, but┬áthat might no longer be the case because Lotte’s offer is better.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/10/2017, CiberCuba 5/8/2017

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