The prosecution’s smuggling case against sports agent Bart Hernandez and baseball trainer Julio Estrada was like an overblown movie trailer foreshadowing dark and dramatic subterfuge in a plot to bring Cuban ballplayers off the island and onto Major League Baseball rosters, defense lawyers argued as the trial closed Tuesday.

“They promised excitement, extortion, violence, threats and then you sit through it and wonder if you’re watching the same movie that was previewed,” said Jeffrey Marcus, Hernandez’s lawyer. “He was not in Cuba, he was not on the boats, he was not an eyewitness. The fact is not a single player said anything bad about him. There are no lies by Hernandez in this case.”

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