Baseball is king in Cuba, and Major League Baseball would be a coveted destination for many Cuban athletes.
The league is aware of reports about the new Cuban policy, but said in a statement that "given that we do not have any details of this change in policy, it would be premature for us to speculate what effect it may have."
Major League Baseball "and its clubs have and will continue to act in accordance with the laws and policies of the United States Government," the statement said.
Another hurdle for athletes is the migration reform that went into effect in Cuba this year that still requires athletes to seek government approval to travel abroad.
With this restriction in place, the government maintains control over which athletes it trusts to seek contracts abroad.
Still, initial reaction was positive.
"If that happened, it's good for the people of Cuba," Osvaldo Alonso of the Major League Soccer team Sounders FC told The Seattle Times.
Alonso defected from Cuba in 2007.
"They can play anywhere and show they have good (athletes)," Alonso told the Times. "I'm very happy for them that they're giving them opportunities to play in other countries and to be professionals in other leagues."