The Donald Trump administration is seeking to overturn a Barack Obama-era deal between Major League Baseball and Cuba, the result of which would lead to it becoming harder for Cuban players to come play in the United States, according to NBC News.
"Anytime you are talking about baseball and politics, it's a very sensitive subject. But, I just feel bad for those young ball players, who are probably not going to have the same chance to play here," Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman said through an interpreter, according to the New York Daily News' Kristie Ackert. "It's definitely difficult for a lot of Cuban players playing at this level here in the States. The way we got here was, it was tough, to say the least.
"I don't think it's definite yet. Just got to wait and see what happened."
The decision that was made by the Obama administration said the Cuban baseball league was not part of the Cuban government. The Trump administration is attempting to reverse the decision by saying the league and government are intertwined.
In a letter to the Treasury Department, obtained by ESPN's Jeff Passan, the Trump administration writes that "A payment to the Cuban Baseball Federation is a payment to the Cuban government."
The Obama-era rule made it possible for players from Cuba to come to the United States and play with Major League teams without the danger of defecting.
Among those who defected from Cuba before the rule was in place: Chapman, Yoenis Cespedes, Jose Contreras, Jose Fernandez, Livan Hernandez, Orlando Hernandez and Yasiel Puig.