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Yankees signee Juan Carlos Paniagua suspended again, $1.1 million contract voided

Sep 2, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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Back in 2009 a young pitcher from the Dominican Republic named Juan Collado signed with the Diamondbacks for $17,000 and even played in Arizona’s minor-league system, but it turned out his name was actually Juan Carlos Paniagua.

MLB suspended him for one year and the deal with the Diamondbacks was voided, but then once he was done sitting out Paniagua signed with the Yankees … for $1.1 million.

So falsifying documents and misrepresenting himself ended up earning Paniagua an extra $1 million. Or it did, briefly. Ben Badler of Baseball America reports that Paniagua has been suspended again and the pitcher’s lucrative deal with the Yankees has also been voided.

MLB has refused to disclose the exact nature of the suspension and apparently they haven’t even told the Yankees, but Badler notes that “one-year suspensions are usually reserved for a player who presents false information to teams about his age or his identity.”

In other words, maybe Juan Carlos Paniagua isn’t actually Juan Carlos Paniagua just like Juan Collado wasn’t actually Juan Collado. And maybe next time he’ll get $2 million.

  1. takemytalentstosoutheuclid - Sep 2, 2011 at 11:41 AM

    His name is Inejo Montoya. You kill his contract. Prepare to die.

    • cleverbob - Sep 2, 2011 at 11:58 AM

      He’s also not right handed…

      • jimbo1949 - Sep 2, 2011 at 12:00 PM

        You seem a decent fellow… I hate to kill you

  2. FC - Sep 2, 2011 at 11:56 AM

    In other words, maybe Juan Carlos Paniagua isn’t actually Juan Carlos Paniagua just like Juan Collado wasn’t actually Juan Collado. And maybe next time he’ll get $2 million

    They should just sign Domingo Ayala already, he’s got the bat flip and home-run trot down pat.

  3. mojosmagic - Sep 2, 2011 at 12:01 PM

    Hello Mr. Yankee, my name is Micky Ruth. Can we talk?

  4. mojosmagic - Sep 2, 2011 at 12:14 PM

    Baseball been very, very, good to me.

  5. Jonny 5 - Sep 2, 2011 at 12:23 PM

    My guess is, he’s Haitian. MLB frequently passes on qualifying any Haitian players because they can’t come up with a good way to verify age and identity. Scouts often pass on the Haitian tag because it can take years to get a yes/ no answer from MLB (mostly it’s no). Chances are, he is Haitian, has been trying to pass himself off as Dominican so he’ll at least get a look. It kind of sucks, because I think that’s highly unfair.

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2011/08/haitian-prospects-stuck-in-verification-limbo.html

    • purnellmeagrejr - Sep 2, 2011 at 2:28 PM

      Do you have any idea what the penalty is for impersonating a Haitian?

      • Jonny 5 - Sep 2, 2011 at 3:17 PM

        I think it’s instant Zombification… I could be wrong though…

  6. enigk - Sep 2, 2011 at 12:44 PM

    Turns out ‘he’ is actually 58 year old grandmother Iris Rosenblatz from Kenosha.

  7. baseballstars - Sep 2, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    Didn’t he pitch in the Little League World Series as Danny Almonte?

  8. cshearing - Sep 2, 2011 at 2:20 PM

    Julio Franco, is that you?

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