- Dec 4, 2009
https://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?depth=1&nv=1&rurl=translate.google.com&sl=auto&sp=nmt4&tl=en&u=https://www.cibercuba.com/noticias/2018-12-18-u194102-e194102-s27066-peloteros-cuba-podran-firmar-contratos-grandes-ligas-2019&xid=17259,15700021,15700124,15700126,15700149,15700186,15700190,15700201,15700237,15700242&usg=ALkJrhjHI6Z9KnL7ahzfMictINGrVEJHyQMajor League Baseball and the Cuban Baseball Federation and INDER have reached an agreement, a source who preferred to remain anonymous told CiberCuba .
The information, which comes from an official close to a Major League organization, clarifies that Cuba and MLB have signed a new agreement for 2019 that will initiate a new era in the history of both countries, after 58 years of contradictions.
These will be some of the guidelines of the new agreement:
1. Cuban players who emigrate after 2019 in search of free agency, this will be denied.
2. The Cuban Baseball Federation will present its best talents to the MLB organizations and sign from the Island, obtaining the INDER 25% of the contract's profits.
3. Baseball players who continue the process of free agency and emigrated until 2018 will remain in current market patterns regardless of the new agreement.
Another source within the ICRT (Cuban Institute of Radio and Television) told me last November that the president of the Cuban Baseball Federation, Higinio Velez, had unofficially announced in a meeting that the talks between Cuba and MLB were progressing and that not yet nothing in the press should be commented on officially.
This new agreement would put an end to the mass exodus of baseball players that began systematically in 1991 and has reached its extreme limits in the last five years.
This seems kind of strange given it would violate the embargo I think? Since teams would technically be funding the Cuban government when they get a portion of the contract?