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Rangers sign Dominican prospect Jairo Beras; face age investigation

Feb 29, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

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Earlier today it was reported that the Rangers had signed Dominican outfielder Jairo Beras for $4.5 million.  But, there could be a problem:  As Jeff Passan reports, Major League Baseball was of the impression that Beras was 16 years-old and thus not eligible to be signed at this time and at that price.  It’s being reported, however, that Beras is actually 17.

The confusion suggests that this is the first case of a Dominican prospect actually benefiting by being older than believed, because it’s thought that if everyone knew he was 17, there would have been more action on him.

Anyway, Passan says that Major League Baseball is going to investigate this.  Good luck.  And make sure you follow all of the proper procedures lest your results be thrown out on a technicality.

 

  1. cur68 - Feb 29, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    Are they storing his birth certificate in a Rubbermade container? I understand there might be some problems with that.

  2. skids003 - Feb 29, 2012 at 3:19 PM

    He’ll be 21 until he turns 21, then he’ll be 19. When he gets 33, he’ll be found out to be 36. It’s amazing how the Dominicans can change ages at will.

  3. stuckonwords - Feb 29, 2012 at 11:33 PM

    “The confusion suggests that this is the first case of a Dominican prospect actually benefiting by being older than believed, because it’s thought that if everyone knew he was 17, there would have been more action on him.”

    I guess I’m not following your line of thinking, Craig. If everyone knew he was old enough to sign, and there would’ve been more action on him, doesn’t that suggest that he could’ve been offered more than $4.5M? So he actually missed the opportunity to benefit from being older. By being 16, MLB clubs would’ve pursued him more a year from now. By being 17, he presumably settled for less than he could’ve gotten.

    • fordman84 - Mar 1, 2012 at 10:17 AM

      There were fewer teams bidding on him this year, and that hurt him. But if he really turns 17 in December, that makes him eligible to sign next year…and next year there is a cap. I think it is $2.9M. So if he were really 16, then he couldn’t sign a $4.5M contract unless he eats up a teams entire international cap for two years.

      • stuckonwords - Mar 2, 2012 at 12:17 PM

        Good points, all of which are more meaningful than mine (that Craig’s logic was a bit backwards). Having said that, Beras didn’t benefit from being older; he *would* have benefited from being older, had other teams known. As you’re pointing out, next year is too late, so he’s missed the boat.

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