Both Tigres de Aragua and Navegantes de Magallanes had been sanctioned since August 5, 2019, when the former president of the United States, Donald Trump, signed Executive Order No. 13,884, which prevented any type of support or relationship with the government of Nicolás Maduro. and all the organisms related to this
Two teams from the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League (LBVP), Navegantes del Magallanes and Tigres de Aragua, received a license from the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).
Because both organizations have a shareholding in government entities, any deal with a US company or organization is considered a business with the government of Nicolás Maduro, which violates the sanctions imposed by the Treasury Department in 2019.
With this license, an exemption is established so that both teams can maintain relations with entities in the United States, which allowed the Tigres de Aragua and the Navegantes del Magallanes to re-establish their legal system before Major League Baseball (MLB) and reinsert themselves in the Winter League Agreement, as explained by the official Twitter account of the LBVP.
With which both currencies would reestablish their legal system before Major League Baseball and their reintegration into the Winter League Agreement, in order to use all the personnel that militate in organized baseball.
– LVBP (@LVBP_Oficial) September 30, 2022
By normalizing the relationship between the teams and the MLB institution, Tigres and Navegantes are allowed to use personnel that militate in American baseball during the national leagues that are played in winter, during the rest of American baseball. In short, these teams will be able to sign Venezuelan MLB players to reinforce themselves.
These two institutions had been sanctioned since August 5, 2019, when the former president of the United States, Donald Trump, signed Executive Order No. 13,884, which prevented any type of support or relationship with the government of Nicolás Maduro and all related organizations.
Initially, the eight LBVP teams were sanctioned: Águilas del Zulia, Bravos de Margarita, Cardenales de Lara, Caribes de Anzoátegui, Leones del Caracas, Navegantes del Magallanes, Tiburones de La Guaira and Tigures de Anzoátegui. This is due to the relationship, to a greater or lesser extent, that they all have with government agencies.
However, in December of that same year, OFAC issued a license to authorize the Lions, Caribes, Cardinals, Bravos, Tiburones and Águilas to use players from the MLB system.
According to Giuseppe Palmisano, president of the LBVP, at that time all the teams except Navegantes and Tigres were authorized, because they were created as “foundations” and these are seen as government agencies.
«The OFAC, in effect, yesterday (Monday, December 2) gave us the license. We had been working on it for several weeks, but unfortunately it was not complete, because Aragua and Magallanes, which are foundations, are seen as government entities. And that is not true, I clarify », he declared after the license was granted for the other teams.