Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) today jointly announced an agreement with the Cuban Baseball Federation (FCB) that will provide Cuban baseball players with a safe and legal way to sign with a Major League Baseball club. In his words, American baseball clubs, as in business with foreign players from Japan and other countries, would pay a fee to the association, which represents 25% of the players` signing bonus. “Our main goal in this agreement is to offer Cuban players a path to the big leagues without the difficulties that many of our players have already experienced,” Dan Halem, MLB`s deputy administrative commissioner and chief legal officer, told Reuters. “The goal of the agreement, which is the result of several years of negotiations with F.C.B, is to end the dangerous trade of Cuban baseball players who want to play professional baseball in the United States,” Mr. L..B`s lawyers said in their petition to the Treasury in January. President Trump, who reversed a deal negotiated by the Obama administration, abruptly terminated an agreement between Major League Baseball and the Cuban Baseball Federation that had eased the path of players in the United States without leaving their country. NEW YORK/HAVANA (Reuters) – Major League Baseball has reached a landmark agreement with the Cuban Baseball Federation that allows Cuban players to sign with U.S. teams without being defective to end the practice of getting Cuban stars off the island. In a tweet retweeted by the Cuban embassy, the baseball federation said that “politically motivated attacks against the agreement harm athletes, their families and fans.” In a statement to ESPN, MLB said, “We support the goal of the agreement to end the trafficking of Cuban baseball players.” Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) today jointly announced an agreement with the Cuban Baseball Federation (FCB) that offers Cuban baseball players a safe and legal way to sign with a Major League Baseball club. This is the result of several years of negotiations with the FCB, it is the end of the dangerous trade with Cuban players who want to play professional baseball in the United States, a practice that has been documented in court proceedings and media reports and has caused considerable hardship to Cuban players and their families. The FCB is the fourth foreign professional baseball league to enter into such an agreement with MLB and joins Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB), the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) and the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL). In December, the MLB and MLB Players Association announced an agreement with the Cuban federation similar to that of players under contract with clubs in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan — an agreement the league believed would end the passage of players and end the trade in Cuban players, which has become the norm if they try to join MLB. According to this four-month contract, a big league club that wants to sign certain Cuban players would have to pay a release fee – 25 percent above the player`s signing bonus – to the association.
The player should also pay taxes on foreign income. This measure is fundamentally reversed by an agreement reached between MLB and the Cuban association in December, after three years of negotiations, according to which Cuban players would have had a safe and legal way to play professionally in the United States.