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Ryde Rodriguez: Future "R-Rod" or "R-Fraud"?

St. Louis Cardinals exec Jeff Luhnow explains how his team signed the 19-year old switch-hitting outfielder, a native of Cuba. Departing Cardinals Minor League Field Coordinator Jim Riggleman and Albert Pujols are on board, too. But will Ryde Rodriguez live up to the hype and the $460,000 signing bonus he received?

Maybe it is the embargo, a remnant of the Cold War, or the allure and intrigue that goes with the unknown. Or perhaps, the high demand placed on baseball amateurs who have forever departed from the island nation of Cuba is due to hopes a diamond can be unearthed at a bargain price when compared to the same item purchased domestically. Whatever the reason, major league organizations, especially... Recommended Stories

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