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LA Times: The Cubans are All Coming


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Rob Manfred, who is in his first year as baseball commissioner, said the tax has not yet been an effective deterrent but that teams such as the Angels, Red Sox and Yankees, who already exceeded their international signing budget, have yet to suffer the full penalty ? the inability to spend more than $300,000 on any international player for the two subsequent years.

"That is going to be a fairly large handicap," Dipoto said. "The volume of talent coming out of Cuba gives you the option to spend now and sit on your hands for a while.

"If you wanted to play on these players, you have to play now. I don't think there is going to be a constant flow of 20 to 40 Cuban players hitting the shores of Major League Baseball every year. I believe this is a one-time buying opportunity."

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