A U.S. team hasn't played in Cuba since 1999, when the Orioles took on the Cuban national team in Havana. But Manfred has made improving MLB's relationship with Cuba one of his priorities since taking office early this year. Last month, the league sent officials to inspect the stadium in Havana in advance of a potential Spring Training game.
With the game in Cuba generating significant traction from numerous clubs -- including the Mets, Yankees and Dodgers, according to the New York Times -- Manfred opted for a lottery, selecting among the interested teams by drawing a baseball from a bin.
Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.