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Baseball America tells the Jairo Beras story

Aug 21, 2012, 11:36 PM EDT

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Baseball America’s Ben Badler has a must-read breakdown on the whole Jairo Beras saga. Beras, as you may remember, changed his date of birth before signing a $4.5 million deal with the Rangers in February. MLB initially declined to approve the contract, but did so in July, a move that left several other teams unhappy.

Badler notes that neither the Rangers nor Beras received any real punishment over the affair. Beras technically was suspended for a year, but it’ll hardly have any effect on him:

Beras will be allowed to work out at the Rangers’ Dominican academy and play in an unofficial league for July 2 signings over the summer. Then he will go to Arizona for instructional league, participate in the team’s Dominican winter program and go back to Arizona for spring training. He can play in spring training games and extended spring training games.

What Beras won’t be able to do is play in official games during the first half of next season, but he wasn’t going to do that anyway; as a (perhaps) soon-to-be 18-year-old, he was always destined to play in the short-season leagues that begin at the end of June.

Badler also has quotes from MLB’s Rob Manfred, defending the league’s eventual decision to approve the contract, and from executives displeased with the way the whole thing came down. It’s a well researched piece on a pretty convoluted situation.

  1. billymc75 - Aug 22, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    Clubs are mostly unhappy cause the Rangers have yet another awesome prospect !

  2. angrycorgi - Aug 22, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    This is only a big deal because the yankees organization is butt-hurt that their plans to bag him on the cheap on July 2nd didn’t pan out. They generally don’t like risking $$$ on undeveloped players and would rather spend all their cash on veterans developed by other teams. They are fine with paying part-time scouts all over the planet, but they have a fear of dumping a load of cash on one spin of the wheel. The twisted part of the new international cap is that now teams (now limited to their financial investment ability internationally) will now have to partly rely on their clout/success to lure in international players. This is something the yankees and other big-market teams are counting on. You’ve got people saying this will stem the tide of corruption in latin america, but the reality is that behind the scenes, the big-boys are pulling the strings to close the competitive loopholes that exist. Now a small market team can’t invest in scouting and gamble on young talent. Instead they will be forced to fight financially with the big-market teams in FA where they have no chance. Just the way the yankees and others want it.

    So explain this to me…there’s no cap in baseball, but now there’s a cap on int’l spending. How on Earth does this make sense to anyone??

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 22, 2012 at 12:53 PM

      So explain this to me…there’s no cap in baseball, but now there’s a cap on int’l spending. How on Earth does this make sense to anyone??

      Yes, it makes perfect sense because no salary cap = rising salaries for players who are in the MLBPA and make up 50% of the people who have to agree to the CBA. Int’l players and US players subject to the draft aren’t in the MLBPA, and owners don’t care about them either. So neither one cares if the draftees get screwed.

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