WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration on Monday overturned a landmark deal between Major League Baseball and the Cuban Baseball Federation that would have allowed Cuban players to sign with U.S. teams without being defective. Some Florida lawmakers had opposed the baseball deal because it was dealing with housing with the Cuban government. Republican Senator Marco Rubio called the deal “illegal and immoral” in December. Negotiations on the Cuba-MLB deal are due to President Obama`s détente with Cuba. The deal was seen as an attempt to eliminate decades of dangerous traffic, which MLB referred to in its letter to the Treasury and the U.S. Justice Administration, along with Reds outfielder Yasiel Puig, White Sox`s first baseman, Jose Abreu, and Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes among those whose upsetting trips were cited. Without an agreement, the long-standing policy of players seeking residence in a third country could return. When players move to a third country, they can apply to OFAC for a special license to play in the United States. A number of players seeking to be transported to a third country have been guarded by gang smugglers and agents familiar with the Cuban players market said that the dangers that could have been mitigated with the agreement will persist.
A senior administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said in a briefing that the agreement itself was a form of “human trafficking” by the Cuban government and that the Cuban Baseball Federation was a subsidiary of the Cuban government. Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) today jointly announced an agreement with the Cuban Baseball Federation (FCB) that will provide Cuban baseball players with a safe and legal way to sign with a Major League Baseball club. “We support the goal of the agreement to end the trafficking of Cuban baseball players,” Michael Teevan, the league`s vice president, said in an email. After the deal was announced in December, Mr. L.B tacitly tried to convince the directors – who immediately publicly criticized the plan – that it would comply with the guidelines for a derogation from trade laws. At the same time, M.L.B officials were also resigned to political opposition to the agreement and the possibility of returning to the old method of signing Cuban players. Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) today jointly announced an agreement with the Cuban Baseball Federation (FCB) that will provide Cuban baseball players with a safe and legal way to sign with a Major League Baseball club. The agreement, which is the result of years of negotiations with the FCB, aims to end the dangerous trade with Cuban players who want to play baseball players who want to play baseball in the United States. , a practice that has been the subject of lawsuits and media reports and has posed considerable difficulties for Cuban players and their families.
The FCB is the fourth foreign professional baseball league to enter into such an agreement with MLB and joins Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB), the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) and the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL).