Court documents, prosecutors say Rangers outfielder Leonys Martin was victim in ransom plot

  • by: CURT ANDERSON , Associated Press
  • Updated: December 21, 2013 - 2:45 PM

MIAMI — Like many Cuban baseball stars, outfielder Leonys Martin dreamed of leaving the communist island for the bright lights and big money of Major League Baseball. Martin accomplished his goal in 2011 when he signed with the Texas Rangers, but not before what court documents and the Justice Department describe as a harrowing ordeal in which he was held for ransom in Mexico while his family members were kept under surveillance in South Florida.

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