Player smug­glers seek le­nient sen­tences

The News (New Glasgow) - - SPORTS -

MI­AMI — A sports agent and a base­ball trainer are seek­ing le­nient prison sen­tences after their con­vic­tions in Mi­ami of smug­gling Cuban play­ers to the U.S.

Court records filed this week show agent Bar­tolo Her­nan­dez is ask­ing for a three-year prison term and trainer Julio Estrada wants no more than five years. They were con­victed by a jury in March.

Pros­e­cu­tors are ask­ing a judge to ex­ceed the nine-year max­i­mum for both cal­cu­lated un­der fed­eral sen­tenc­ing guide­lines. Sen­tenc­ing is set for Nov. 2. Trial ev­i­dence showed the pair ran an in­ter­na­tional op­er­a­tion to smug­gle Cuban play­ers in re­turn for a cut of their lu­cra­tive con­tracts, in­clud­ing Jose Abreu of the Chicago White Sox, Adeiny Hechavar­ria of the Tampa Bay Rays and Leonys Martin of the Chicago Cubs.

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