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Ben Badler on the Jairo Beras Situation

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LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12:  Singer Jessie J during the Closing Ceremony on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 12, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: Singer Jessie J during the Closing Ceremony on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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Ben Badler has a lengthy article up at Baseball America about the Jairo Beras situation, looking at the controversy surrounding the Texas Rangers' signing of Beras last winter at a time when MLB officially considered Beras to be 16. The Rangers turned over information that seemed to show that Beras was born on December 25, 1994, rather than December 25, 1995, as Beras had previously represented to MLB.

The $4.9 million that the Rangers paid to sign Beras was significantly more than he would have been able to command had he been 16 at the time, rather than 17, and thus subject to the new rules regarding spending caps for international July 2 signings that went into effect this year.

It is a really good piece, and one that is worth reading, as it delves into the details of the work the Rangers did in verifying his age, has quotes from various unnamed sources about MLB's investigative process, and notes that MLB officially declared Beras's age to be "undetermined."