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MLB 2019 | Yanks acquire veteran 1B/DH Morales from A's

By Chad Thornburg/MLB

May 15, 2019

The Yankees acquired first baseman Kendrys Morales and cash from the Oakland A's on Tuesday for a player to be named or cash considerations, the club announced.

Morales, 35, hit .204 (22-for-108) with one double, one triple, one home run and seven RBIs in 34 games with the A's before he was designated for assignment Monday.

Cuba wins the inaugural Baseball5 Americas Open, Venezuela second

After a rough start with a loss to host Colombia on the opening game on day 1, finally Cuba wins the inaugural Baseball5 Americas Open in a final with Venezuela.

Like the opening round, also the finals were played over a series of best to 3 games. Cuba passed 2-0 with a score 12-7 and 11-1

The final standings are completed by Colombia, who won over Puerto Rico in the third place final series 2-0, with Guatemala closing in fifth.

Locals and tourists alike crowded the stands for the whole duration of the tournament as games were often more more spectacular than expected.

Opinion: Trump's scuttling of MLB-Cuba deal means defections, human trafficking will continue

By Cesar Brioso | USA Today

Apr 9, 2019

So much for Cuban players not having to defect to play in the majors.

When the Trump administration abruptly canceled Major League Baseball’s landmark agreement with the Cuban Baseball Federation, it guaranteed the dangerous practice will continue.

Players will continue to defect from Cuba.

And they will continue to put their lives at risk by hiring smugglers and human traffickers in order to leave the island.

MLB | Trump Administration Rejects Agreement Between MLB and Cuban Baseball Federation

By Ed Scimia | OnlineGambling

April 9, 2019

An agreement between Major League Baseball and the Cuban Baseball Federation (FCB) was canceled by the Trump administration, with officials saying that the deal would have violated United States trade laws.

Cuban Baseball MLB agreement

The Trump administration has vetoed a deal between Major League Baseball and the Cuban Baseball Federation, saying it violates US trade law. (Image: Matt Roberts/Getty)

Cuba announces first list of baseball players who can sign with U.S. teams

By Nelson Acosta & Sarah Marsh | Reuters

Apr 2, 2019

Cuba’s Baseball Federation announced on Tuesday a first list of players authorized to sign contracts directly with Major League Baseball organizations, moving Cuban-U.S. cooperation in the sport forward despite tense broader bilateral relations.

The list announced of 34 players between 17 and 25 years old who classify as international amateurs under MLB rules did not include any major stars. Some, however, have already played professionally abroad like Raidel Martinez who has played in Japan.

2019 Caribbean Series | Serie Del Caribe to Move to Panama

This year the Series del Caribe was supposed to be played in Barquisimeto, Venezuela, the home of the Lara Cardenales. Because of the violence occurring there a number of teams were not willing to travel there and Major League Baseball (MLB) warned minor leaguers to stay away.

Mexico had bailed Venezuela out last year when political violence prevented that country from being the host but they were hesitant to do it again. So now the games will be played in Panama at the Rod Carew stadium.

2019 Cuban Finals | Las Tunas Wins First Cuban Championships

When myworld first discovered Cuban baseball, Las Tunas was one of the teams you could count on to finish at the bottom of the standings.

With defections and many of the top players bolting for the United States the landscape has changed for Cuban baseball.

For the most part teams in the Nacional Series are composed of players who grow up in their barrio, except for the Capital which can sometimes acquire top players from other teams.

MLB, MLBPA reach deal with Cuban Federation, MLB | Cuba

Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) jointly announced today an agreement with the Cuban Baseball Federation (FCB) that will provide Cuban baseball players with a safe and legal path to sign with a Major League Club.

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