Admin Cancels MLB Agreement with Cuba
The Trump administration has nixed an agreement between Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Cuban Baseball Federation, which the league believed would end the defection of players and help stop the human trafficking of Cuban players as they attempted to join MLB. The agreement was canceled because the Cuban Baseball Federation is part of the Cuban government and the agreement violates U.S. trade law. While the agreement was first brought up by MLB under the Obama administration, the terms of the deal were negotiated, finalized, and approved under Trump. Yet, the current administration has accused the Obama administration of evading the law in allowing the baseball agreement to proceed. The final agreement was announced in December, and it was structured similarly to those for players under contract to clubs in Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan. WaPo reported that the announcement came less than two weeks after the start of the 2019 baseball season and just days after the federation released the names of 34 Cuban players it said were eligible to sign with MLB. Some of those players were expected to be signed and playing this year. Proponents of the agreement accused the administration of doing this to appease Cuban hardline factions in Florida ahead of the 2020 election. More here.