Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Javier Vazquez, who wants to be traded to east cost, plans to play for Puerto Rico in inaugural World Baseball Classic next spring.
“What I said to Arizona is that I would like to be on a team that’s on the East Coast and, if possible, on a winning ball club,” Vazquez said. If he can’t find the right team, “then I will play again for Arizona.”
Under baseball’s labor contract, Vazquez has the right to designate six teams he cannot be traded to.
Puerto Rico, Panama, Netherlands and Cuba are scheduled to play in Hiram Bithorn Stadium, Puerto Rico in the first round. Top two teams will advanced to second round.