Cuban baseball players no longer have to defect to play in MLB

MLB, Cuban Baseball Propose Deal For Players

MLB, MLBPA Reach Deal With Cuban Baseball Federation Allowing Players to Come to U.S.

"Establishing a safe, legal process for entry to our system is the most important step we can take to ending the exploitation and endangerment of Cuban players who pursue careers in Major League Baseball", MLB Players Association Executive Director Tony Clark said in a statement.

That is likely a reference to a license granted to the league in 2016 by the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control that specifically allowed major league clubs to scout and sign Cuban players and permitted them to travel to the US.

The agreement, the result of years of negotiations between MLB, the MLB Players Association, the Cuban Baseball Federation (FCB) and the USA government, is created to end decades of fraught relations between MLB and Cuba and eliminate the need for Cuban players to defect.

A new inning has begun for Cuban baseball players, after a historic agreement will allow the athletes to sign with US teams without needing to defect.

Teams will be required to pay a release fee to the FCB team if they sign a player, which is essentially the same as a posting fee to Asian teams.

As part of the deal, the Cuban federation agreed to release all players 25 and older with at least six years of professional experience.

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Major league teams would pay a release fee on top of the money owed a player.

Such global amateurs are paid small salaries and make most of their money on signing bonuses, which are limited under MLB's collective bargaining agreement.

USA media highlights Major League Baseball and FCB agreement.

The A's now have a top Cuban prospect in their system. The league said OFAC confirmed to Major League Baseball in a letter dated September 20, 2016, that an agreement with the Cuban federation would be valid. "Great day for Cuban baseball players".

One Cuban player that has expressed support is none other than Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig. The player may also have the ability to play in offseason tournaments or leagues in Cuba with the consent of his MLB club.

In the past, getting to MLB was often a unsafe route for the best players from Cuba, which dominated world amateur baseball for decades.

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The Cuban Baseball Federation is technically unaffiliated with the communist government, but critics have pointed to their close ties.

Velez said the millions generated from the deal would help rejuvenate baseball in Cuba, which was been hurt by an exodus of players and a lack of resources.

While the Trump administration has not yet commented on the agreement, sources told Yahoo Sports that the point of the deal is "to make the path safer for players" and that "outweighs any concerns from the National Security Council or other governmental entities that could oppose the deal". He was 26 when he defected via the Dominican Republic and signed a deal with the White Sox worth $68 million, just behind Rusney Castillo's 2014 deal with the Red Sox, worth $72.5 million, as the biggest for a Cuban player in baseball history.

For 2017-18, outfielder Julio Pablo Martinez got $2.8 million from Texas, and the only other signing bonus over $300,000 for a Cuban-born amateur was $750,000 for shortstop Eddy Diaz (Colorado).

Under the deal, which marks a ray of light in fraught U.S.

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Depending on the quality of future players, the agreement could mean millions of dollars in future income for the cash-poor Cuban federation, which has seen the quality of players and facilities decline in recent years as talent went overseas.

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