Earlier this month the Yankees signed 16-year-old shortstop Damian
Arredondo of the Dominican Republic for $850,000, but the deal has been
voided because … well, it turns out that he’s not a 16-year-old or
even named Damian Arredondo.
Melissa Segura of SI.com reports
that MLB’s “department of investigations” discovered the falsified
information as part of their “increased efforts to deter identity fraud
in Latin America.” Whoever he turns out to be, the person formerly
known as Damian Arredondo won’t be allowed to sign with anyone for one
year and could face criminal charges.
Gary Sanchez’s identity has reportedly been verified after the 16-year-old catcher from the Dominican Republic signed with the Yankees for $3 million, but MLB is apparently still investigating 16-year-old Miguel Angel Sano while multiple teams vie for the right to pay him upwards of $4 million.
Free agent outfielder Peter Bourjos is heading back to the Angels on a minor league deal, per a report from Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors. The agreement includes an invitation to spring training, but has not yet been officially confirmed by the team.
Bourjos, 31, played out a one-year gig with the Braves in 2018 and slashed .205/.239/.364 with four extra-base hits and a .603 OPS through a career-low 47 plate appearances. He showed more promise during a short-lived stint with the Giants’ Triple-A squad in the second half of the season, but elected free agency in early November and had yet to catch on with another major league club. His deal with the Angels represents a homecoming of sorts, as he played some of the best years of his career in Anaheim from 2010 to 2013 before getting traded to the Cardinals in a multiplayer swap for David Freese and Fernando Salas in 2014.
The veteran outfielder is long past his prime, but could still bring some value to the team as outfield depth behind Justin Upton, Mike Trout, and Kole Calhoun. Per Adams, he’s expected to compete for a spot as the Angels’ fourth outfielder, though he also has limited experience at DH as well.