Report: MLB, Cuba Agree to Deal Allowing Cuban Players to Join U.S. Teams

Major League Baseball and the Cuban Baseball Federation have struck a deal to allow Cuban players to join U.S. major league teams without having to defect, Yahoo Sports reports. The deal, which is expected to be announced Wednesday afternoon, would allow Cuban players to enter the U.S. on work visas and let U.S. teams pay the CBF. Cuban players over 25 would reportedly be allowed to come to the U.S. whenever they please, while younger Cuban players would have to get approval from the CBF. The MLB reportedly spent $1.32 million lobbying for matters related to Cuba in Washington, D.C., last year. However, the deal will reportedly be ruined if the Trump administration rolls back Obama-era Cuba policies. If the government decides not to intervene, Cuban players could come to the MLB as soon as Wednesday and in time to join the U.S. World Baseball Classic team. Similar agreements reportedly exist in other countries, including Japan, Korea, and Taiwan.