Randolph Oduber and Dashenko Ricardo will follow the example of Curt Smit and Shairon Martis. Smith and Martis joined the Lincoln SaltDogs of the independent American Association in 2016. Oduber and Ricardo reached an agreement on a contract for the 2017 season.
Randolph Oduber played for the organization of the Washington Nationals from 2010 through the 2015 season. Just at the moment that he was ready to return after a nagging injury at the start of the 2016 season, the Nationals decided to release him. He joined the ranks of Curacao Neptunus and helped them to clinch the Dutch pennant.
In 2015 Oduber played only seven games before he broke his foot and was out for the season. In six seasons with the Nationals, Oduber hit .268 at various levels of the minors varying from rookie to AA.
Dashenko Ricardo also has a history in minor league baseball. In 2007 he made his professional debut with the Orioles in the Dominican Summer League. In the next years he mainly split the seasons between rookie leagues and A Full Season. In 2013 he made quite a progression as he moved up through three stages of the minors (A Full Season, AA and AAA). After two games with the Albuquerque Isotopes (then a Dodgers affiliation) he was released by the Dodgers. After his time with the Orioles, the Giants and the Dodgers, Dashenko headed to the Netherlands, where he would join Corendon Kinheim where he would play in 2014 and 2015. In the 2016 season he joined Curacao Neptunus but decided to quit about half way the season. But since he had to play for a club to be able to play for team Kingdom of the Netherlands, he returned to Neptunus to finish the season and win the pennant with them.
Curt Smith is going exactly the opposite direction. After spending the previous two seasons with the Lincoln SaltDogs, Smith will head to the Netherlands to join Pioniers from Hoofddorp.
After three years in the minor league system of the St. Louis Cardinals, Smith was released and played the 2011 season for the Lincoln SaltDogs. After one year with the Jacksonville Suns (AA team of the Miami Marlins), Smith played with two clubs during the regular season: the New Britain RockCats (Minnesota AA) and the SaltDogs in 2013. After a full year with the Springfield Cardinals (AA) he went to the SaltDogs again and played there for two seasons. In his entire minor league career (both affiliated and independent) Smith batted .295 with 98 homeruns.