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Monday, April 08, 2019

Trump administration moves to undercut MLB’s deal with Cuba

The Trump administration is moving to undercut a landmark agreement enabling Cuban baseball players to play on Major League Baseball teams, a senior administration official tells NBC News, by overturning an Obama-era decision that said Cuba’s baseball league is not part of the Cuban government.

The administration has discretion to decide whether the Cuban Baseball Federation is too closely aligned with that country’s sports ministry to allow independent agreements involving players. The Trump administration has worked to pull back from the closer ties to Cuba that were established during President Obama’s tenure.

“Major League Baseball has been informed of the dangers of dealing with Cuba,” the senior administration official said.

The move comes just months after MLB and the Cuban Baseball Federation reached a deal at the end of 2018 to facilitate Cuban baseball players joining U.S. teams without having to defect, as had been the case in years past.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 08, 2019 at 03:25 PM | 4 comment(s)
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Friday, November 02, 2018

Cuban P Sandy Gaston finalizes contract with Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.—The Tampa Bay Rays have finalized a minor league contract with 16-year-old Cuban pitcher Sandy Gaston that includes a $2.61 million signing bonus.

The 6-foot-3, 200-pound right-hander ranked among the top international prospects eligible to sign with major league teams this year.

Gaston is from Matanzas, Cuba, and will turn 17 on Dec. 16.

 

QLE Posted: November 02, 2018 at 04:50 PM | 1 comment(s)
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