First baseman of the Chicago White Sox Jose Abreu is expected to testify on Wednesday as a prosecution witness at the trial of a Florida agent and coach accused of being part of an alleged contraband network of Cuban baseball players.
Agent Bartolo Hernandez and coach Julio Estrada are accused of organizing an illegal scheme to bring Cuban players to third countries so they can sign lucrative contracts with Major League teams.
Abreu signed a $ 68 million contract with the White Sox after leaving Cuba in 2013. Usually, Estrada’s company earned a third of the contract value, and Hernandez received 5%.
Abreu was the American League rookie of the year in 2014 and last year hit 25 homers and drove in 100 runs.