is among the names appearing on the final WBC rosters. (Getty Iowards a move to Atletico Madrid.The 22 year-old has announced he is leaving Brazil next month for Europe - and Atletico are favourites to land him courtesy of a first refusal option - which was secured during their deal for Renan Lodi.Bruno said on mages)
At long last, rosters for the upcoming World Baseball Classic have been .
As you'll soon see, the big name on here is Joey Votto. That's no surprise, as . The question is whether Votto's knee will be in fighting shape by the time the WBC begins.
Now let's jump right in with a look at the other big names who figure to be competing in the main tournament ...
-- John Axford, Brewers; Brett Lawrie, Blue Jays; Russell Martin, Pirates; Justin Morneau, Twins; Jameson Taillon, Pirates; Joey Votto,
-- Robinson Cano, Yankees; Nelson Cruz, Rangers; Hanley Ramirez, Dodgers; Jose Reyes, Blue Jays; Fernando Rodney, Rays; Miguel Tejada, Royals; Jose Valverde; Edinson Volquez, Padres
-- Anthony Rizzo, Cubs
-- Yovani Gallardo, Brewers; Adrian Gonzalez, Dodgers
-- Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox; Andruw Jones; Andrelton Simmons, Braves
-- Carlos Beltran, Cardinals; Yadier Molina, Cardinals; Angel ragher believes that Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers is the best the British have to offer.Rodgers, who had an up and down stint as Liverpool boss a few years ago, has earned praise since arriving at Leicester from Celtic.Despite the way his LPagan, Giants; Alex Rios, White Sox; Javier Vazquez
-- Chien-Ming Wang
-- Heath Bell, Diamondbacks; Ryan Braun, Brewers; R.A. Dickey, Blue Jays; Gio Gonzalez, Nationals; Adam Jones, Orioles; Craig Kimbrel, Braves; Joe Mauer, Twins; Chris Perez, Indians; Brandon Phillips, Reds; Jimmy Rollins, Phillies; Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins; Mark Teixeira, Yankees; Shane Victorino, Red Sox; Ryan Vogelsong, Giants; David Wright, Mets; Ben Zobrist, Rays
-- Elvis Andrus, Rangers; Asdrubal Cabrera, Indians; Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies; Ramon Hernandez, Rockies; Omar Infante, Tigers; Miguel Montero, Diamondbacks; Martin Prado, Diamondbacks; Francisco Rodriguez; Pablo Sandoval, Giants; Marco Scutaro, Giants; Carlos Zambrano
In addition to the teams listed above, Australia, Brazil, China Manchester City, is eyeing a stake in a Malaysian team to add to its growing portfolio of clubs, according to the country's sports minister.Ferran Soriano, CFG chief executive, met Malaysian sports minister Syed Saddiq in Malaysia last week with top, Cuba, Spain, Japan and South Korea are also part of the main tournament, which begins play on March 2.
As for the three powerhouses within that latter grouping -- Cubs, Japan and South Korea -- .com notes:
Other participants of note are eight returning players from Japan's 2009 Championship Team, including two Pacific League MVPs, pitcher Toshiya Sugiuchi and outfielder Seiichi Uchikawa, as well as the reigning Central League MVP, catcher Shinnosuke Abe; 11 returning players from Korea's 2009 Finalist squad, including infielder Tae-Kyun Kim and outfielder Hyun-Soo Kim; Cuban stars Frederich Cepeda, Alfredo Despaigne and Yulieski Gourriel ...
Despite all the usual hand-wringing over the timing of the WBC and participation levels among the stars of the game, those are some pretty impressive names above.
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