Santo Domingo.– Edgar Mercedes, the baseball trainer who helped represent Yoenis Cespedes, has been arrested on human smuggling charges for allegedly helping Cuban players illegally enter the Dominican Republic.
According to the police, Mercedes is one of six men detained in the case. The three Dominicans and three Cubans transported potential players from Cuba in hopes of gaining major league contracts, the police statement said.
Mercedes' attorney Guillermo Estrella said the trainer is not involved with human smuggling or the other detained men. All six were released Friday while authorities are still investigating.
Cespedes, 26, received a four-year, US$36 million deal in February with the Oakland Athletics.