Angelos: Orioles Would Sign Cuban Defectors for Team
By George Solomon
Washington Post Staff Writer
Peter Angelos, the majority owner of the Baltimore Orioles, said yesterday
that despite reports to the contrary, the team would be interested in
scouting and signing Cuban defectors. "But we would not solicit or
encourage anyone to defect--rather we would discourage that," Angelos
The Washington Times reported Wednesday that the Orioles were not
interested in signing Cuban defectors.
But Angelos, whose team played a home-and-home series against a
Cuban all-star team last year, said the Orioles eagerly scouted pitcher
Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez before he signed with the New York
Yankees several years ago.
"I was advised not to sign him," Angelos said. "Obviously, that was a
Angelos said that if a Cuban player were to defect and was a prospect,
"He would be judged on his own merit, without political implications."