Dionisio Soldevila @dSoldevila Source: Rangers sign Dominican outfielder 17 year-old prospect Jairo Beras for $4.5 million
Jeff Passan of Yahoo is reporting that other teams are furious because they thought Beras was eligible for July 2, 2012.
Jeff Passan @JeffPassan Just heard from an executive who says he "strongly disagrees" with the idea that the Rangers will end up with Jairo Beras. Fascinating case.
The kid is described as 6'5 175 with an advanced hit tool and plus power potential.
At a recent Showcase held by MLB for 2012 eligible prospects Beras had a different D.O.B and was the star of the show. Apparently he revised his age so he could sign. MLB is investigating whether this is his real D.O.B because as we have seen in the past(Adrian Beltre, Wilson Betemit) age changes in D.R not only happen to get younger but also to get older.
Dionisio Soldevila the AP reporter that first reported the signing is reporting that:
Dionisio Soldevila @dSoldevila: MLB's office in the DR is investigating Jairo Beras' case. "For MLB, he's 16", said Rafael Oscar Pérez, head of the office
The Rangers have spent more than $13 Million on prospects from the Dominican and Venezuela since July 2011, this include the signing of Beras if it goes through.
Great for the Rangers for being a step ahead of the competition in Latin America. Great signing of another great talent form D.R.