Originally Posted by Unassisted
This is a politically savvy move that will aid baseball's quest to return as an Olympic sport.
More practically, the time shift of playing 5+ hours to the east is likely to be unpleasant for the players. Spring Training there could be a disaster, full of games unplayed due to cold and rainy conditions if the sites are chosen for political reasons, rather than for their warm climates.
It's not ideal but it's a lot better than playing in the Far East.