Sources: Marti, Gomez defect

Updated: December 29, 2008, 3:47 PM ET
By Enrique Rojas | ESPNdeportes.com

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Right-hander Yadel Marti, Cuba's best pitcher in the first World Baseball Classic in 2006, and outfielder Yasser Gomez left the island and are in an unknown location before attempting to reach the Dominican Republic to seek an MLB career, sources told ESPNdeportes.com.

Players' relatives and friends in Cuba confirmed their departure, without disclosing details of the planned route.

Marti and Gomez, members of the popular team Industriales de la Habana, were kicked ...

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