The http://www.havanatimes.org/?p=104575 has reported that the Yomiuri Giants and another Japanese team have been in Cuba looking for additional Cuban players for their NPB teams, especially pitchers. The following are some of the players the Havana Times has noted have been looked at by these two Japanese teams:
Pitchers - Hector Mendoza (Isla de la Juventud), Vladimir Garcia (Ciego de Avila), Yoanni Yera (Matanzas), Julio Alfredo Martinez (Pinar del Rio), Ariel Diaz (Ciego de Avila), Norge Luis Ruiz (Camaguay), Vladimir Gutierrez (Pinar del Rio), Ismel Jimenez (Sancti Spiritus).
A few position players:
Michel Enriquez (Isla de la Juventud), Yadiel Hernandez (Matanzas), Roel Santos (Granma), Alfredo Despaigne (Granma), Alexei Bell (Santiago de Cuba), Yordanis Linares (Villa Clara)
Yulieski Gourriel and Frederich Cepeda are already playing in Japan. The deadline for Japanese teams signing foreign players to play in the 2014 season is July 1, so if anything is going to be done for this season it has to be resolved today.
The Cuban government and baseball federation get a share of the money paid to the players, while the players supplement their baseball income with some income from playing in Japan. Unfortunately, the amount of this income is a small sliver of a pie when compared to the money the major league teams would pay for many of these player’s services.