The Rangers agreed to sign Dominican outfielder Jairo Beras for $4.5 million earlier this week, which created quite a bit of controversy as many teams were under the impression that he was only 16 years old and thus ineligible to sign until July 2.
MLB immediately opened an investigation on the matter and according to Ben Badler of Baseball America, the contract is not expected to be approved.
It’s not clear if Beras will face any sort of penalty if it is found that he somehow misrepresented his age. One thing we do know is that he wouldn’t get a similar contract this summer. MLB’s new collective bargaining agreement limits all teams to a $2.9 million international spending cap from July 2, 2012 to July 1, 2013.
Clayton Kershaw had nothing left to prove when he exited the mound during his last Cactus League start on Friday. He finished camp with a 0.00 ERA, made all the more impressive after he extended his scoreless streak to 21 1/3 innings following 6 2/3 frames of one-hit ball against the Royals.
In six spring training starts this year, the Dodgers southpaw racked up 12 hits, four walks and 23 strikeouts. His velocity appeared to fluctuate between the high-80s and low-90s from start to start, but manager Dave Roberts told reporters that he expects Kershaw to get back up to the 93 m.p.h. range next week. Kershaw is tabbed for his eighth consecutive Opening Day start on Thursday.
The 30-year-old lefty is poised to enter his 11th season with the club in 2018. He went 18-4 in 27 starts last year and turned in a 2.31 ERA, 1.5 BB/9 and 10.4 SO/9 over 175 innings. He suffered his fair share of bumps and bruises along the way, including a lower back strain that required a five-week stay on the disabled list.
The Dodgers will open their season against the Giants on Thursday, March 29 at 7:08 PM ET. Given the sudden rash of injuries that hit the Giants’ rotation earlier today, Kershaw’s Opening Day opponent has not yet been announced.