MLB Investigator accused of fraud in the Dominican Republic

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Major League Baseball often cites fraud as a major factor for wanting an international draft.  If MLB can oversee the process, see, the excesses will be reduced.  But who watches the watchmen?

A Major League Baseball investigator in the Dominican Republic has been charged with falsifying the identity of a prospect so the player could obtain a contract with a $135,000 signing bonus. Authorities accused Kleiber Miguel Bruno Gonzalez on Thursday of accepting $25,000 and conspiring with a scout and an independent trainer to alter the player’s identity.

I suppose we’re supposed to hate the game, not the players, but people are people and I have a hard time seeing how fraud and chicanery won’t persist any less under a draft than it does in the current system.

Daniel Murphy had microfracture surgery on his right knee

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The Nationals announced today that second baseman Daniel Murphy had surgery on his right knee. The surgery: a debridement and microfracture procedure, which is pretty major.

The team’s comment about Murphy’s prognosis makes it sound major too: “rehab will begin immediately and will progress throughout the offseason.” No timetable. Just that it “will progress.” Well, I’d hope so. Let’s see if he’s ready for spring training.

Murphy hit .322/.384/.543, hit 23 homers and knocked in 93 RBI. Assuming he’s ready for the 2018 season, he’ll ply his trade for a new manager.