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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Rangers sign Jairo Beras

Congrats Jairo Beras…if that is your real name. Which it almost certainly isn’t.

Uh, oh. This could get ugly. One source in the Dominican Republic has reported that The Next Big Thing in Latin America, outfielder Jairo Beras, has agreed to a $4.5 million deal with the Texas Rangers, and the signing raises questions. Big questions.

The Rangers had been linked to Beras for a long time. He even wore a Rangers cap during a showcase for prospects from the Dominican Republic and Venezuela earlier this month.  But the issue is this: His birthday was officially recorded as Dec. 25, 1995, and kids who just turned 16 aren’t eligible to sign.

The Rangers haven’t been heard from on this, so it may just be a misunderstanding. But it looks like he’s going to claim he was born in ’96, not ’95—an interesting twist on the normal age controversies in Latin America.

This could be the rare case where a player says that he is actually older than his listed age, not younger. There’s a huge benefit to Beras, as it would give him a chance to sign before the new international signing limits kick in this summer.

This is exactly the sort of mess that has caused a lot of people to say that an international draft—still being studied by Major League Baseball—is untenable.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 29, 2012 at 01:39 PM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Mike Emeigh Posted: February 29, 2012 at 04:16 PM (#4071258)
Think the article is wrong - Beras is claiming to be born in 1994, which would make him 17 and eligible to sign right away.

From Ben Badler's Baseball America blog post:

If he is using a new date of birth, Beras could be in trouble beyond MLB. In April 2011, Beras represented the Dominican Republic in an international tournament in Barquisimeto, Venezuela. At the tournament, Beras was also listed with a Dec. 25, 1995 date of birth, with one roster listing his name as Jairo Veras (scouts from other organizations confirmed that they are the same person).

-- MWE
   2. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: February 29, 2012 at 04:17 PM (#4071264)
But it looks like he’s going to claim he was born in ’96, not ’95—an interesting twist on the normal age controversies in Latin America.

This could be the rare case where a player says that he is actually older than his listed age, not younger.

Wha? If he claims he was born in '96, that makes him a year younger, not a year older.
   3. Der-K: downgraded to lurker Posted: February 29, 2012 at 04:20 PM (#4071272)
See #1.
Also, see Wilson Betemit.
   4. Golfing Great Mitch Cumstein Posted: March 01, 2012 at 10:44 AM (#4071770)
I am always surprised when simple errors involving dates and years or ages make it into newspaper articles. Is it the way editors read articles that they skim over this aspect of the article?
   5. Nasty Nate Posted: March 01, 2012 at 10:58 AM (#4071786)
I thought Leo Nunez was older than 16
   6. johnseal Posted: March 01, 2012 at 02:21 PM (#4072024)
Jairo Garcia, meet Jairo Beras-Veras!

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