US will let Astros sluggers play for Cuba in World Baseball Classic

Several Major League Baseball stars will be able to represent their home country next year during the World Baseball Classic.

Houston Astros sluggers Yordan Alvarez and José Abreu are just some of the players cleared to play for Cuba on the international stage.

The decision announced in a news release by the Baseball Federation of Cuba could be a big step in once again turning Cuba’s national team into heavy hitters on an international stage.

Major League Baseball confirmed Monday that the U.S. granted the license to clear Abreu, Alvarez, Randy Arozarena, Yoán Moncada and Luis Robert to play for Cuba in the WBC in March if they choose to accept a potential invitation.

It’s up to each country’s national governing body to pick the players on its WBC team. Final 30-man rosters are due Feb. 7 for the WBC, which begins March 8 with Cuba facing the Netherlands in Taiwan.

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