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Cuban OF Takes Nicaraguan Paper for a Ryde?

Cuban émigré Ryde Rodriguez told a Nicaraguan paper that he signed with the Cardinals for a $650,000 bonus. The club flatly states it is not true. Is there more here than meets the eye or was the young man just bragging?

Outfielder Ryde Rodriguez is a 6-foot-2, 230 pound physical specimen to whom at least one scout compares to former major leaguer Ruben Sierra. Having just recently turned 19 years old (born February 2, 1988), the switch-hitting Rodriguez drew the attention of major league scouts from multiple organizations even before playing winter ball for the Indios del Boer of the Nicaraguan Professional...

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