|Kevin Barker (center-left) celebrates a second LIDOM championship|
That quote shows a little as to why veterans would choose to play in the LIDOM. Barker began his professional career in 1996 after being drafted out of Viginia Tech. He made the big leagues for the first time in 1999 and has basically played at the AAA level ever since, other than short stints with major league clubs. Last year, he played in the AAA Mexican League, which is an official MLB league, but the teams are not farm teams of big league clubs.
Barker just signed a minor league deal with the Nationals a few weeks ago, so hopefully we will see him in the big leagues again soon. In the mean time, he has the Caribbean Series next week to worry about.