We have winter league news from the last four days, including an update on a recent minor league signing.
On Monday in Venezuela, Elvis Escobar went 1-for-3 with a double, walk, RBI and run scored in his team's 11-9 victory. Lara swept their second round playoff series and moved on to the finals. Escobar went 3-for-14 with two walks in the second round. He batted .333 (6-for-18) with four walks in five games during the first round.
Escobar's team will begin the finals on Saturday night. If they win, then they will go on to the Caribbean Series, where they will play the best teams from Pueto Rico, Cuba the Dominican and Mexico. The Caribbean Series begins on February 2nd and ends on the 8th, wrapping up winter ball for everywhere except Australia, which finishes up a few days later.
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