“That’s what Cuba does to you. It leaves you wanting more”

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Some serious must-click link stuff from Jorge Arangure Jr. of Vice Sports. The first in a series called “The Cuba Diaries,” which chronicle Arangure’s visit to the country.

He touches briefly on baseball in this first installment, but this is a scene-setter which explains how Cuba is, at the moment, anxious. In transition from what it has known for the past half century to what it will become as the island opens up and relations with its neighbor to the north normalize. A transition many in the U.S. will portray as some form of grand, unequivocal progress but which, in reality, is something that will bring new problems even as it presents new opportunities.

Of particular interest is Arangure’s description of how cable TV has, quite illegally, made inroads into the country and how “with cable, the world has gotten significantly smaller for Cubans.” He ads that “in its own way, watching sports on television has become a form of passive revolution.”

Absolutely fascinating stuff that anyone with an interest in Cuba and Cuban baseball players should make a point to read.

Report: Red Sox sign Kenley Jansen to 2-year, $32 million deal

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SAN DIEGO — Veteran closer Kenley Jansen and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a two-year, $32 million deal, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the agreement was pending a physical.

The 35-year-old Jansen went 5-2 with a 3.38 ERA in 64 innings for Atlanta this year. The three-time All-Star led the National League with 41 saves, helping the Braves win the NL East title.

Boston is looking to bounce back after it finished last in the AL East this season with a 78-84 record. The Red Sox went 92-70 in 2021 and lost to Houston in the AL Championship Series.

Jansen spent his first 12 seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, winning a World Series title in 2020. The right-hander signed a $16 million, one-year contract with Atlanta in March.

Jansen has a 2.46 career ERA. He was an All-Star in 2016-2018.

His 391 career saves are the second-most among active players (behind Craig Kimbrel‘s 394) and eighth all time.