MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) — The defense begins their case Tuesday in the federal trial of two men accused of smuggling Cuban baseball players into the U.S.READ MORE: CBS4 Exclusive: Hit-&-Run Victim Says Insurance Company Denied Claim Despite Police Report From Incident
Sports agent Bartolo Hernandez and trainer Julio Estrada are charged with conspiracy and alien smuggling. Both men insist they ran legitimate businesses and did not bring players into the U.S. illegally.READ MORE: South Florida Lawmakers Calling On Governor To Reconsider Plan To Send Law Enforcement Resources To Border States
Texas Rangers General Manager Jon Daniels and assistant GM Mike Daly will be the lead-off witnesses for the defense. Earlier in the trial, outfielder Leonys Martin told jurors how he signed a $15.5 million contract with the Rangers after he was smuggled from Cuba in 2011. Martin now plays for the Seattle Mariners.
Prosecutors say the men ran a smuggling ring that falsely got Cuban players in line to sign lucrative free agent contracts.MORE NEWS: Tropical Storm Warning Issued For Northern Gulf Coast Ahead Of Potential Tropical Depression Three
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