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Cuban infielder Yulieski Gourriel cleared to sign in MLB

Cuban infielder Yulieski Gourriel has been cleared by Major League Baseball to sign as a free agent.

Gourriel, a third baseman and second baseman believed to be 32, spent 2014 with Yokohama in Japan's Central League, then returned to play for Industriales in Cuba.

He was on Cuba's roster for the 2008 Olympics and the past three World Baseball Classics.

His clearance was announced Monday by the commissioner's office.