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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.

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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.