The Cuban World Baseball Classic team hoped to be able to use major league players as part of their roster. That quest got a little easier on Saturday.
According to Francis Romero, Cuban players who are residents of the United States receive a special license to join their WBC roster. Such a move would drastically affect their chances in the tournament.
Cuba’s World Baseball Classic team could get a big influx of talent
This move can make the biggest difference on the field. While Cuba used to have a lot of talent in the rubber leagues, that is no longer the case over the past few years as defections have taken their toll. This was especially noticeable when the Cuban national team failed to qualify for the 2020 Olympics.
But help may be coming. Nestor Cortez Jr. will be able to face the Cuban rotation with this deal. Cionel Perez could join the bullpen and add more firepower to the pitching staff. The team could be joined by other players who have Cuban ancestry but are American citizens, such as Eric Hosmer, Lance McCullers Jr. and Carlos Rodon. Cuba may once again become a force to be reckoned with.
In the end, it will be a question whether the Cuban national team will invite these players or not. They also had to accept the invitation to join the list. However, it is a possible step in the right direction and could allow Cuba to become another factor in international competition.
Cuba’s World Baseball Classic team could give their chances a big boost. If desired, US residents of Cuban descent may join the list.