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For MLB, Changes in Cuba Will Take Time to Sort Out

American League's Yoenis Cespedes, of the Oakland Athletics, watches his hit during the first round of the MLB All-Star baseball Home Run Derby, on Monday, July 15, 2013 in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
American League's Yoenis Cespedes, of the Oakland Athletics, watches his hit during the first round of the MLB All-Star baseball Home Run Derby, on Monday, July 15, 2013 in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

NEW YORK— Fred Claire can see the day when Major League Baseball teams open academies for prospects in Cuba. “It’s absolutely a natural, just as...




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  • FILE - In this March 9, 2013, file photo, Cuba's Yasmany Tomas hits a three-run home run off Taiwan pitcher Yang Yao-hsun in the fourth inning of their World Baseball Classic second-round game in Tokyo. A person familiar with the negotiations says Tomas is in the process of agreeing to a $68.5 million, six-year contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks.  The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, because the deal had not yet been completed. The person said several additional steps were necessary but the agreement was likely to be finalized in the next few days. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)

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