Stuck in Haiti: Omar Luis Rodriguez still waiting on visa


Via Ben Balder: Cuban left-hander Omar Luis Rodriguez is stuck in Haiti and has not yet been able to acquire a visa. The Yankees agreed to sign the 20-year-old for $4M this summer, their final big money international signing before the new spending restrictions took effect. The contract is pending a visa, as usual.

Balder notes that the delay is not surprising. He says Haitian documents are notoriously unreliable, and it’s also well-known that Rodriguez was living and working out in the Dominican Republic for several months. Players must submit either an unblocking license from the U.S. Office of Foreign Asset Control or two permanent residency documents to sign with a big league team. Hopefully this doesn’t drag out and Rodriguez isn’t stuck waiting 16 months like Rafael DePaula.


  1. dkidd says:

    the yankees need to go all “argo” on this

    who’s got an idea for a movie set in haiti?

    • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals says:

      Dude. It’s Haiti. You just leave…

    • Havok9120 says:

      I think we gave up on finding a constructive use for Haiti around 1934. Now we just kind of send it money and food in the hopes that they’ll keep their anarchy to themselves.

  2. soxhata says:

    Who is this guy and is he a legit prospect?Seems like our International signings get delayed longer than most.

  3. Robinson Tilapia says:

    But is he better than whatshisname and whosthatguy who we haven’t signed yet?

  4. mj says:

    from what i read he is a 19 year old lefty throws 5 pitches fast ball in the low 90s

  5. Johnny5 says:

    Balder? Lol

  6. Juke Early says:

    So 0 Rod would be an apt nick. . ..

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