Esmailyn Gonzalez Falsified Identity

4:52pm: Stan Kasten talked about the situation, calling it an "elaborated, premeditated scheme no teenager concocted."

10:43am: Chico Harlan of the Washington Post has a few quotes from Rijo.  He says the Nationals will have a conference call about the topic this afternoon.

8:32am: According to Melissa Segura of SI.com, Nationals shortstop prospect and 2006 signee Esmailyn Gonzalez falsified his identity and age.  He’s actually named Carlos Alvarez Daniel Lugo, and he’s 23 rather than 19.  The Nats had signed him for $1.4MM; the next highest bidder was the Rangers at $700K.

Lugo’s buscon, who brokered the deal for him, is a childhood friend of Nats exec Jose Rijo.  Rijo and Nats GM Jim Bowden were under investigation last year in regard to the bonus skimming scandal.



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