Report: Cuban baseball players defect in Colombia

Updated: July 28, 2006, 8:49 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Two more Cuban baseball players have reportedly defected.

Three days after three Cubans defected to the Dominican Republic, Yulieski Gurriel and Eduardo Paret defected to the Colombian city of Cartagena, the local press reported Friday.

"One of the members of the Cuban team who deserted is star second baseman Yulieski Gourriel, considered as one of the best in the world at his position," The Bogota Times reported Friday. "It appears that his next destination would the New York Yankees.

"The other deserter from the Cuban team is shortstop Eduardo Paret," the newspaper reported.

On Tuesday, Damaris Nay, Julio Acosta and Carlos Castillo defected. Cartagena and the Dominican Republic are both the sites of the 20th Central American and Caribbean Games.