Josefrailin Alcántara, an outfielder who recently played in the Chicago Cubs’ minor league system, is reportedly wanted in connection to the shooting death of a 26-year-old man in the Dominican Republic.
Alcántara, 18, was accused of shooting and killing his friend due to a dispute over more than $2,700, according to the Dominican Republic’s Diario Libre. Police in the Dominican Republic have been searching for Alcántara since May 19, according to the Chicago Tribune.
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Police said Alcántara was shot in the hand and later treated at a medical center before he vanished.
Alcántara, of Santiago, signed with the Cubs in 2022 for a reported $500,000. He played as a 17-year-old for the team’s Dominican Summer League squad Cubs Blue. He appeared in 40 games and had a 1.36 batting averaged with two home runs, two doubles and three triples.
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The Cubs told the Chicago Tribune he was recently released due to a violation of team rules.
“We were made aware of a death investigation involving one of our former minor-league players, who was away from the team due to a suspension and has been subsequently released following notification by authorities in the Dominican Republic,” Julian Green, a senior VP of communications for the team, told the outlet. “We cannot provide further comment until we have additional details.”
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Alcántara’s cousin, Diego Anibal Rodriguez Martinez, was allegedly in the back of the vehicle when the murder occurred and was arrested on Wednesday, according to reports.