The Chiba Lotte Marines are interested in maintaining their relationship with Cuba by signing another player. They are looking for a young player (pitcher or position player) that they can help develop. A team official is already in Cuba planning to hold a tryout. They might have a chance to check out twenty-year-old Yoelkis Cespedes.
Source: Nikkan Sports 12/23/2017
[UPDATE 12/27 @ 12:33am]
Ten players (five pitchers, five position players) between sixteen and twenty-three years of age attended Lotte’s tryout in Cuba. Yoelkis Cespedes was not in the group. The Marines will now go over footage from the tryout and review data on the players before they make any final decisions. They could sign up to two players to Ikusei contracts.