MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez reports that Cuban infielder Yulieski Gourriel has defected from his native country.
Cuban third baseman Yulieski Gourriel has signed with the Yokohama DeNA Bay Stars, according to a report from Nikkan Sports.
Cuban third baseman Yuliesky Gourriel said Tuesday that he'd love to play in the majors someday.
Cuba defeated Mexico 7-4 on Monday night to stay alive in the World Baseball Classic.
Yuliesky Gourriel homered and drove in four runs as Cuba beat Mexico 16-4 in seven innings to end round one play in the WBC.
Yuliesky Gourriel, who was rumored to have defected, said he returned with the Cuban national team from a tournament in Colombia.
According to Dominican newspaper El Nacional, Cuban players Yuliesky Gourriel and Eduardo Paret may have defected and asked for asylum in Columbia.