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Yasiel Puig becomes an American citizen

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Yasiel Puig‘s journey to America was a harrowing one.

He made four attempts to defect from Cuba — being imprisoned when caught — before being successfully transported out of the country by an human trafficking ring with ties to the Los Zetas drug cartel. He was held captive in a motel room while faced with death threats and extortion attempts before finally finding sanctuary and signing with the Dodgers.

And now, after seven years in the U.S., he’s an American citizen:

Puig is the fourth member of the Indians to become an American citizen this year, joining teammates Carlos SantanaOliver Perez and Hanley Ramirez, who was released in April.

Congrats, Yasiel.