There was plenty of commotion in international circles when the Los Angeles Dodgers gave 22-year-old outfielder Yasiel Puig a seven-year, $42 million contract last summer.

Puig, however, hit a triple Saturday in his first exhibition game against the Chicago White Sox, and Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez believes Puig will be among the next group of Cuban players to excel in Major League Baseball.

“This next generation, this new wave of guys, they want the opportunity and want to succeed," said Ramirez, mindful of what Yoenis Cespedes accomplished with Oakland last season. "They’re great guys, great ballplayers.”

The Sox dipped into the international market in 2008 by signing Ramirez to a four-year, $5 million contract and gave Dayan Viciedo a four-year, $10 million contract the following winter. But Ramirez isn't fazed by the fact that Cespedes will receive $36 million over the next four seasons and that Puig received a lucrative contract.

"I’m not surprised," said Ramirez, in the midst of a four-year, $32.5 million extension. "He has that talent like Cespedes. All you need is the opportunity to show them you’re worth what they’re paying.”