Pedro Gomez | MLB

Relations between the U.S. and Cuba have moved closer to being normalized, a point that will be further underscored Tuesday when the Tampa Bay Rays play the Cuban national team in Havana.

So everything must be open, right? Well, no. At least, not yet. But there are definitely signs indicating change — real change — could be forthcoming.

Cuban baseball players must still defect to have the opportunity to play in the major leagues, and that remains a thorny issue for Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association. The defections of the Gourriel brothers, Yulieski and Lourdes, last month signaled how nothing has really changed.

“If we could make a deal to resolve this problem, it would attract a lot of attention,” MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said. “I can’t say we are close. It’s a very uncomfortable position for us to be in. I More >