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.