Houston Astros: The hidden truth in the lawsuit against Yordan Alvarez

TORONTO, ON - AUGUST 30: Yordan Alvarez #44 of the Houston Astros walks in the seventh inning during a MLB game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on August 30, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - AUGUST 30: Yordan Alvarez #44 of the Houston Astros walks in the seventh inning during a MLB game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on August 30, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images) /
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Houston Astros: The hidden truth in the lawsuit against Yordan Alvarez

Getting to know Manuel Azcona

According to Baseball-Reference, Manuel Azcona was a Minor League pitcher in the Montreal Expos and Pittsburgh Pirates organization who never made it past the Class-A level. In 1983, according to Winterballdata.com, the left-hander threw one inning with Aguilas Cibaeñas in the Dominican Winter League. In his only Winter League action, he gave up a hit and no runs. He became a poor baseball career into that of a street agent and investor since 2000, Azcona has generated an abundant amount of funds in baseball contracts during his ride.

He is a very known investor in the baseball circles in the Dominican Republic. He has been able to place many players in various organizations, one of his biggest signings was that of Juan Miranda who inked a 2-million-dollar contract in 2006 with New York Yankees.

But all hasn’t been peachy, Azcona did a 10-month stint in a Cuban jail due to his illicit business at the beginning of the 2000s.

In the book: “Baseball Cop: The Dark Side of America’s National Pastime”, written by former MLB investigator Eddie Domínguez, Azcona is named as a “known human trafficker of baseball players”. Domínguez described Azcona as a snake in the grass.

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His mismanagement of finances has guided to near bankruptcy, many sources have confirmed that Azcona has gone through plenty of financial crises, his love of outstanding automobiles has been one of the vices that have led to these crises.

“He lives outside of his means”, said Juan Carlos Moreno, an ex-member of the Cuban National team who was smuggled out of Cuba by Azcona in July of 2008.

“He likes luxurious apartments, luxury cars, and luxury clubs”, told Moreno.

Azcona sold percentages of future contracts to obtain these things.

Moreno was 32 years old when he escaped to Mexico in 2008. As soon as the Cuban was on Dominican soil Azcona sold percentages of his contract to Juan de Lemos and Tomas Collado.

These two gentlemen altered the ages of nine players including Moreno, who warned them his official age was in the archives of the I World Baseball Classic (2006), due to the fact that he was on Cuba’s official roster and that this would come to light.

Moreno’s age was eventually discovered, and his impending free agency was put on hold by MLB and he’s been in limbo ever since.

In the current day, Moreno trains youths in the Dominican Republic and hasn’t seen his family in 11 years.

“A few years ago, I encountered Azcona and he wanted to hire me to train players that he brought over from Cuba, but I respectfully declined’, said Moreno.

When I asked him why he declined, he responded, “I don’t want anything to do with him and because I have known that he doesn’t pay his workers very well, also any involvement with him would impede my entrance to Cuba”.