Dan Halem , MLB executive vice president for Labor Relations, said in a press conference held in Nacional Hotel, that it is in the interest of that entity to agree to players residing in Cuban territory to legally play in the US circuit.
It is the goal of the MLB Commissioner to have a system secured and guaranteed by the laws of both countries for the free transfer of players from Cuba to the United States, Halem noted.
Today, the Cuban players are forced to give up their status as Cubans to opt for a contract with an MLB team, under the laws associated with the economic, commercial and financial blockade of American government against Cuba.
Halem added that the coming year an MLB squad could visit Cuba for two preseason games, under the rapprochement between baseball authorities of both countries.
We thought of the Tampa Bay Rays franchise to hold two games against a Cuban team as part of spring training, stated the official, who added that so far this variant is only a possibility and has not reached a formal decision.
This would be the second visit by an MLB team to Cuba since 1999, when the Baltimore Orioles faced in Latinoamericano stadium in Havana to the national side in an exhibition match.
MLB senior managers and players are visiting the island as part of an academic exchange between that organization and the Cuban Baseball Federation which includes the completion of two clinics for children under 12 years and a charity event.
The delegation also includes the former player and head coach Joe Torre, MLB executive vice-president of baseball operations, as well as Tony Clark and Dave Winfield, executive director and special assistant of the MLB Players Association, respectively.
When calling baseball as a universal language, Torre showed great emotion to be in Cuba to work in the development of this discipline and share experiences with new generations of players in the Caribbean nation.
In turn, Tony Clark stressed that Cuba and the United States share a common passion for baseball, and called for increasing exchanges in the near future to continue the growth of both sides in baseball terms.
The roster of the delegation also includes MLB active players as Americans Clayton Kershaw, Jon Jay, Venezuelan Miguel Cabrera, Dominican Nelson Cruz, and Cubans Jose Abreu, Yasiel Puig, Brayan Pena and Alexei Ramirez.
The exchange between MLB and the Cuban Baseball Federation will continue t oday with a clinic for children under 12 years in Latinamericano Stadium in Havana, and another one on Thursday at Victoria de Giron Park in the city of Matanzas. / ACN.