Posted on April 8, 2019
By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter
Bleacher Report and the Washington Post reported earlier this afternoon that a deal allowing the MLB to sign Cuban players has been cancelled. Per President Donald Trump and his administration, “the Cuban Baseball Federation was part of the Cuban government, which caused the deal to be nullified because trade with Cuba is currently banned.”
Previously, the deal would have allowed players over 25 years old would be “free to sign with organizations that paid a ‘release fee’ to the Cuban club” they came from, while others could sign minor league deals through October 2021. This would have been very similar to what clubs are currently allowed to do with Japan and South Korea. It will be interesting to see if this decision gets overturned in the future.
Time to sound off fans – do you agree with this decision? Do you think it was a necessary evil? Or do you think these guys should be able to play ball? When it comes to picking the best players for your team, will you be looking everywhere, or limiting where you source talent from? If there’s anything we can all agree on, we think it might be that we want to see the best talent possible on the field!