The Washington Post
Sunday, November 7, 1999; Page D03

Indians Sign Pitcher Who Defected From Cuba

                  From News Services

                  RHP Danys Baez, who defected from the Cuban national team during the
                  Pan American Games this summer, has signed a four-year, $14.5 million
                  contract with the Cleveland Indians.

                  Baez, 22, picked the Indians over the Yankees, the Braves and the Devil
                  Rays. He throws a fastball in the mid-90s and is projected as a starter.

                  Baez was listed at 19 years old in August when he left Cuba's team shortly
                  before it won the gold medal at the Pan American Games in Winnipeg,
                  Manitoba. But an advisor to Baez said the pitcher turned 22 on Sept. 10.