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Age-gate strikes the A's

22 year old A's relief prospect Jairo Garcia is now 25 year old relief prospect Santiago Casilla...

It turns out that the Dominican native used false papers when he signed his first contract, and is 2 years, 10 months older than advertised.

Of course, that's historically been pretty common with players signed out of the Dominican, although less so since 9/11 resulted in tighter immigration standards.

But still, I tend to be a tad suspicious of Dominican prospects who are preternaturally advanced for their age...which is part of the reason I'm not quite as bullish on Joaquin Arias, who supposedly was 16 when he signed with the Yankees in 2001, before 9/11. Maybe I'm jaded, but I have to wonder if he's really just 21 years old...