Cuba’s impressive baseball talent will no longer have to risk defection and human trafficking to play for American clubs under a deal announced Wednesday after three years of negotiations. Major League Baseball, its players’ union and the Cuban Baseball Federation made a groundbreaking agreement that will allow players from the Communist island nation to sign with North American teams despite political strains between the US and Cuban governments. The MLB-Cuba deal would install a posting system similar to those used by MLB with Japanese, South Korean and Taiwan leagues when players want to jump to the richer deals of the major leagues. For decades, Cuban officials have sought to keep players on homeland sides and their powerhouse national amateur squad. Players have been forced to defect, often making deals with shady characters and forced into human trafficking to escape Cuba, forced to go to other nations before being able to sign as free agents with Major League Baseball clubs. One of today’s top Cuban-born MLB players is White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu, who defected in 2013 and hailed the new deal. “Words cannot fully express my heartfelt joy and excitement,” he said. “Knowing that the next generation of Cuban… Read full this story
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