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.
The Yankees have the best offense in all of baseball. Now they’re about to add a big power threat: Greg Bird will be activated tomorrow.
Bird has missed the entire year since undergoing ankle surgery to remove a spur back in March. He’s been on the mend of late, however, and recently completed a stretch of 12 rehab games in which he didn’t hit a ton, but he showed that he was healthy and that’s always been the biggest thing with him. As you’ll recall, he missed considerable time with trouble in the same ankle last season.
Bird has always shown considerable promise, and the Yankees — despite scoring runs in bunches — could use a little left-handed power and some better production at first base. Bird, hopefully, will be able to provide it.