Despaigne looks to continue playing outside of Cuba

Despaigne looks to continue playing outside of Cuba

ISLA DE MARGARITA, Venezuela -- Cuban slugger Alfredo Despaigne could be coming to a stadium near you. That is, if you live in Mexico, Japan or Korea.

"The pitching in Mexico is magnificent and so is the hitting because you have Mexicans, Dominicans, Americans and everybody there," Despaigne said. "I had a great experience there. We'll see what happens this year."

Despaigne, a three-time MVP in La Serie Nacional, played professionally in the Mexican League last summer as part of a new program for players the Cuban government believes will not be a threat to defect. Despaigne, who hit 36 home runs during the 2011-12 season, returned to the Cuba after 33 games with Piratas de Campeche.

"I have to wait until my season ends, but I'm waiting to see if I go to Mexico, Japan, Korea or Venezuela or where I can play," he said. "It depends on what Cuban baseball wants me to do. I have a contract with Mexico, but I don't know yet. Everybody wants to play the best baseball possible and play in the best leagues in the world."

Jesse Sanchez is a national reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.