Marlins sign Mesa brothers; Cubans were free agents

MIAMI (AP) — Top international free agent Victor Victor Mesa and younger brother Victor Jr., both outfielders from Cuba, have signed with the Miami Marlins.

The agreements were announced at a news conference Monday. The Mesas were recently declared free agents by Major League Baseball, and the Marlins had been widely viewed as front-runners to sign them.

Victor Victor Mesa recently posted an Instagram showing him and his brother sitting in the Marlins' clubhouse holding a Cuban flag. Behind them were Marlins jerseys bearing their names.

Victor Mesa Jr. also posted an Instagram photo of himself with former Marlins All-Star third baseman Mike Lowell.

The 22-year-old Victor Victor Mesa started playing in Cuba's top league at 16. His 17-year-old brother is a switch-hitter who starred for Cuba's 18U national team.

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