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Fla. House wants change in MLB Cuban player policy

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 24, 2014 at 5:00 pm •  Published: April 24, 2014
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida House is telling Major League Baseball that it must change the way it treats Cuban players or its teams in the state won't be eligible for state money.

The House voted on Thursday to add the provision to a bill that would create incentives for professional sports franchises seeking money for stadium construction or renovations.

Other foreign players can negotiate with all 30 baseball teams before signing a contract. But if Cuban players come directly to the United States, they are subject to the amateur draft.

The amendment sponsored by Reps. Matt Gaetz and Jose Felix Diaz would require Major League Baseball to change its rules so Cuban players are subject to the same rules as players from other countries.