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Trump Overturns Agreement That Would Have Let More Cubans Play In MLB



For years, Cuban defection has been a hot topic not just in society, but also for MLB. In recent years, the league has seen a steady increase of Cuban players, with all of those players essentially ‘escaping’ their home country in ways unimaginable.

In 2018, a deal was made last year between Major League Baseball and the Cuban Baseball Federation that would allow Cuban players to come to the United States without first escaping from the island and formally defecting was designed to address it. However, Donald Trump has rejected the deal.

This comes days after the Cuban Baseball Federation released a list of 34 young players that would be allowed to sign with MLB teams. The deal between MLB and Cuba had been expected to run through the 2021 season, and allowed Cuban-born players to sign with MLB clubs under the same rules as other international players. That means that players over the age of 25 were allowed to sign with organizations if they ponied up a “release fee” to their Cuban team. Other players were also free to sign contracts with minor league squads.

With this reversal, it’s not like Cuban players will stop attempting to make it to America, but it will for sure continue to be a hard a dangerous road for the players to have to escape from the island.

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