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MLB suspends Rangers prospect Jairo Beras for a year; upholds his $4.5 million deal

Jul 12, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

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Back in February, the Rangers signed Dominican outfielder Jairo Beras for $4.5 million. This was a problem, because Beras had previously told MLB that he was only 16 and thus was not yet eligible to be signed.  Turned out he was, in fact, 17, and thus was eligible to be signed by the Rangers, but that since he lied about his age, he was subject to discipline.

Today that discipline came: he has been suspended for a year.  Jeff Passan, who has been following this story for a long time, has all the details. My take: this is good news for both Beras and the Rangers.

It’s good for the Rangers because they could have had the contract voided by MLB, when in fact they would really like to hold on to Beras. It’s good for Beras because if it were voided, he’d be back out on the free agent market, would likely still be suspended and then be looking to sign another deal at 18, and boy howdy he’d get less money then.

So while he can’t play until next July, he can still train at the Rangers facilities and stay with the team and then be ready to start being a genuine pro while he’s still young and stuff.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jul 12, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    Will he be paid throughout the next year?

  2. garylanglais - Jul 12, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    Don’t understand the basis for this ruling. To me it’s one way or the other.

  3. redguy12588 - Jul 12, 2012 at 3:51 PM


  4. ajcardsfan - Jul 12, 2012 at 3:55 PM

    So, I’m confused about why he lied in the first place. I could understand if he was 16, and said he was 17 so he could be eligible and get the money. But the other way around, doesn’t make sense. Am I missing something?

    • Kevin S. - Jul 12, 2012 at 4:06 PM

      Well, usually guys will lie and say they’re younger because the younger you are, the more projectable you are. An eighteen y.o. with the same skills as a sixteen y.o. has less room for improvement. That said, the Rangers clearly thought he was worth this bonus even though they knew he was 17, so I’m not sure what the purpose here was. Maybe Beras didn’t think teams would want him if they knew he was 17 when he initially gave his age, and it was too late to change once Texas made the offer?

      • redguy12588 - Jul 12, 2012 at 4:09 PM

        Or Texas told him to say he was 16 so that they could negotiate with him with no competition.

      • Kevin S. - Jul 12, 2012 at 6:28 PM

        And he agreed to limit his leverage, why?

      • brewcitybummer - Jul 13, 2012 at 2:25 AM

        Hes a teenager from a third world country. He doesn’t have a master plan here. Its the wild west and front office executives have said that there hasn’t been a 6 figure or higher signing of a Dominican player in the last 10 years without some sort of shenanigans.

        The buscon pulled something and the player was punished, albeit not as badly as some expected. This is just Selig putting his hands over his ears and eyes and shouting The Dominican baseball world does not run entirely on corruption.

  5. Detroit Michael - Jul 13, 2012 at 6:59 AM

    The penultimate paragraph of this blog post strikes me as internally inconsistent.

    This can’t be good for both the player and the Rangers.

    If he’d make less money if the contract were voided and he were a free agent with a one-year suspension, then the Rangers could sign him for less.

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