It’s no secret that Cubans are some of the best baseball players in the world. They live the sport. If the U.S. government didn’t hate Fidel Castro, Cubans would probably rule MLB.
Considering the talent and the political intrigue involved, it’s no surprise it’s big news when a player like Aroldis Chapman defects. (A lefty who touches 100 m.p.h.!)
My thought: The Cuban and Canadian governments get along pretty well. People can travel between countries without hassle and Cubans can move to Canada without, I’m told, any more effort than people who move from other countries. If all of this is true, shouldn’t it give the Jays an extreme advantage?
Does MLB have rules against the Jays courting Cuban players, or are the Jays just not tapping the gold mine that they have by far the easiest access to?