On June 28, 2012 OF Yasiel Puig becomes the third Cuban defector this year to sign a contract worth tens of millions with a major league team, when he agrees to a seven-year deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers for $42 million. Puig’s signing follows that of Yoenis Cespedes, who is having a fine rookie season with Oakland, and of Jorge Soler who inked a deal with the Cubs earlier this month. The 21-year-old centerfielder will need to remain in Mexico City for a few more weeks, until a work visa can be obtained. However, the Dodgers are anxious to complete the deal before a cap on international signings comes into effect on July 2nd as part of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Baseball Reference June 28