Major League teams could soon start making offers to 19-year-old Cuban prospect Yoan Moncada.
Moncada, and other Cuban players, no longer need a specific unblocking license from the United State government, according to Yahoo! Sports.
Breaking: Yoan Moncada free agency imminent after gov't source tells Y! Sports he no longer needs unblocking license: http://t.co/0FwluEcrmk— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 27, 2015
The highly-coveted Moncada fled Cuba and has established residency in Guatemala. A Cuban national that can prove they have permanent residency in another country qualifies for Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control's (OFAC) "general license," giving the player the right to seek employment with a major league team.
But earlier on Tuesday, Baseball America reported that MLB was no longer honoring the "general license," which is not a written document.
Now, according to the Yahoo! Sports report, Major League Baseball was in the process of drafting a letter to OFAC, asking to meet to discuss the policy and possibly change their regulation.
"If OFAC confirms that the process for unblocking Cuban players is no longer to apply for a specific license, MLB will conform to the law," a league official told Yahoo! Sports.
If all goes as planned, Moncada could become a free agent in as soon as two weeks.
On January 19th, Baseball America reported that the Giants held a private workout for Moncada.
On Monday, Yahoo! Sports reported that Moncada worked out for the Dodgers and that they were a "significant threat because of deep pockets."