Originally written on Cub Reporter  |  Last updated 5/8/13
The Cubs have moved their second Dominican Summer League team to Venezuela (Ciudad Alianza), and so 2013 will see the debut of the VSL Cubs (and no more DSL Cubs #2). While the Cubs have signed many Venenezulan players over the years (with Carlos Zambrano, Angel Guzman, Ronny Cedeno, and Geremi Gonzalez being the most-notable ones), they have operated a team in the Venezuelan Summer League (VSL) only once previous, and that was a "co-op" team shared with the Minnesota Twins in 2007. The VSL has been in operation since 1997 and had at one time as many as a dozen teams. However, in recent years the number of MLB clubs with affilates in the VSL has dwindled to just four (Mariners, Rays, Tigers, and Phillies in 2012), with the Cubs bucking the contraction trend by actually putting a new team in the league this season. While the Dominican Summer League (DSL) does not begin play until June 1st, VSL Operning Day is next Monday (May 13th), and the VSL regular season runs through August 5th....
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