Cuban first baseman Jose Julio Ruiz, a defector who was declared a free agent this summer, continues to impress scouts during workouts. In the past two weeks, Ruiz has worked out for the Boston Red Sox and the Detroit Tigers, among other teams.
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Jorge Aranguré Jr. is a senior writer for ESPN The Magazine. He joined ESPN in May 2007 after spending three years as a baseball writer for The Washington Post. Previously, he covered baseball for The Bergen Record, in Hackensack, N.J. Aranguré has a B.A. in history from the University of Southern California and a M.A. in journalism from Syracuse University. You can contact him at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter: @jorgearangure.
La Esquina: The Latin baseball blog
The rise of the Latino player in baseball has been well-documented: Last year, more than 150 major leaguers hailed from Spanish-speaking countries. But the players themselves haven't received as much coverage. We aim to change that with La Esquina Caliente (The Hot Corner, for you non-Spanish speakers), Insider's new blog devoted to all things involving Latino ballplayers. We'll follow the international amateur signing market and spotlight current Latino big leaguers. We'll also offer news and lighter, offbeat items. Think of it as your place to talk Latino baseball on the Web.