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Leonys Martin

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 30:  Leonys Martin #2 of the Texas Rangers holds up the ball after making an out on Delmon Young #15 of the Tampa Bay Rays in the seventh inning during the American League Wild Card tiebreaker game at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on September 30, 2013 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Court Docs: Rangers’ Martin Victim In Ransom Plot

Like many Cuban baseball stars, outfielder Leonys Martin dreamed of leaving the communist island for the bright lights and big money of Major League Baseball. Martin accomplished his goal in 2011 when he signed with the Texas Rangers, but not before what court documents and the Justice Department describe as a harrowing ordeal in which he was held for ransom in Mexico while his family members were kept under surveillance in South Florida.

12/21/2013

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Rangers Look To Leonys Martin To Fill Opening In Outfield

Now at 25 years old, Leonys Martin has to deal with an unenviable burden: replacing Josh Hamilton in the Rangers’ lineup.

03/12/2013