Rangers Sign Jairo Beras

3:38pm: MLB and competing executives believe Beras is 16, Passan writes.  Beras has been presenting himself as a 16-year-old, Ben Badler of Baseball America reports.  If he's using a new date of birth, he could be in trouble beyond MLB, according to Badler.

12:56pm: MLB was under the impression Beras is 16 and therefore ineligible to be signed, tweets Passan, and will immediately investigate the signing.

10:57am: Teams will be furious if MLB approves the Rangers' reported contract with Beras, tweets Badler.  Still, a source who has spoken with the Rangers told Yahoo's Jeff Passan the team thinks MLB will approve the signing, because other clubs knew of Beras' revised age.

9:09am: The Rangers signed 17-year-old Dominican outfielder Jairo Beras for $4.5MM, tweets Dionisio Soldevila.  For more on Beras, check out this article from Yahoo's Tim Brown and this brief Twitter scouting report from ESPN's Keith Law.  

Law notes that a lot of team executives are unhappy with the signing, because they were under the impression Beras was not eligible until July 2nd.  With a listed birth date of December 25th, 1995, Beras wasn't thought to be 17 yet, adds Baseball America's Ben Badler.  

The Rangers are known for spending big internationally, an opportunity that will end with a $2.9MM cap for each team this summer.  GM Jon Daniels indicated yesterday he isn't a fan of that part of the new collective bargaining agreement.


48 Responses to Rangers Sign Jairo Beras Leave a Reply

  1. $7562574 3 years ago

    me neither.

    • Posting this comment before he’s found out to be 35 years old with 8 children.

  2. Devern Hansack 3 years ago

    This guy’s name is too cool to be true. He’s probably a 19-year-old named David Ramirez.

  3. BLZR 3 years ago

    Some controversy here.  The showcase roster just a few weeks ago listed him as being born December 25, 1995.  That means he wouldn’t be eligible to sign until July 2.  They’re now saying he’s 17, though, meaning he’d be eligible now.

    • johnsilver 3 years ago

      Read the tweet also.. who knows? As Satchel Paige said many times over his unknown actual age.. Maybe the goat ate this kids family Bible also (where birth certificates were stored) and they had time to make yet another 😉

      • NathanielS 3 years ago

        ….racist?

        • johnsilver 3 years ago

          Me?? Not hardly.. How many from the Caribean have come up with different ages was my point and as for good old Satch?? He was a great player.. I highly recommend you read some of his writings.. good for the game he was indeed.. Even Charlie O’Finley brought him back in early 65 to throw an inning at the age of 59(?) the guy was so popular.

          • NathanielS 3 years ago

            Whew, decidedly not racist. :)

          • NathanielS 3 years ago

            Whew, decidedly not racist. :)

          • Great? He was  the best pitcher ever. He deserved to be the first Afroamerican to play when MLB allowed them to play again.

          • johnsilver 3 years ago

            Huh? I never said anything negative about ‘Satch! Have you ever READ any of his “funnies”??

            Try it sometime!! The man was quotable and “Veeck as in Wreeck” Bill Veeck mentioned him MANY TIMES in his book!

            FYI.. I also met him YEARS ago and got his autograph on a picture/postcard and let me tell you.. he was funny then talking to him with the few fans there!!

            Once again.. Satch was a GREAT ballplayer known for comical sayings and you people that have NEVER bothered to research them before posting here must be lost..

    • toddcoffeytime 3 years ago

      Definitely has to sting for other teams that would have had interest had they known the kid was was 17.  Not something you see every day.

  4. FillyPhan 3 years ago

    Thats a pretty sleazy move if its true about his age. MLB should void the contract and make him eligible on July 2 like his original birth date indicated.  

    • redsx968 3 years ago

      How is it sleazy? If it’s not his real birthday then why would they make him eligible based on his previously “real” birthday? The way I see it the Rangers were more active and somehow found out his real birthday, and now they reap the benefits.

    • oz10 3 years ago

      Because the Rangers were paying attention and the other teams fell asleep at the wheel. Sorry suckers! If you are not turning over every rock and paying attention to everything, you deserve to lose the right to sign somebody.

    • MadmanTX 3 years ago

      You snooze…you lose. The Rangers have a strong international presence and did their homework.

      • Lunchbox45 3 years ago

        lol give me a break dude.

        • YanksFanSince78 3 years ago

          “Ranger fan” obviously miss the point. IF the Rangers did, as some of these clueless people say, “more homework and investigations”, then that means that Beras wasn’t telling the truth about his real age and thus….is the problem.

          OMG….can’t even imagine the uproar if it were the Yanks or Sox that did this…haha. 

          YOU CAN’T LIE TO MLB ABOUT YOUR AGE!!!!

  5. RahZid 3 years ago

    The leap day curse strikes again!

  6. andrewyf 3 years ago

    Don’t worry, nothing that happens on leap day actually counts!

  7. So what happens when it turns out that the kid was only sixteen when he signed?

  8. (null) this…. just a bad idea.

    • Zuidvogels 3 years ago

      Nice try, a bit long winded.

      • redsx968 3 years ago

        Agreed. This is far from the first time Lefty’s heard crickets on this site.

  9. That is a big signing bonus. He might be 2 years older

  10. Snoochies8 3 years ago

    After his comments, I wouldn’t be surprised if this signing was made to spite the MLB. Kind of a middle finger to the new CBA.

    Even as an A’s fan, I love it! This new CBA really sucks for teams who like to build through amateur players (draft, IFA, etc.)

  11. ratmoss 3 years ago

    “Revised Age”  I tried that when I was 17.  It sure didn’t net me $4.5M

  12. kimofromkauai 3 years ago

    Anyone know of a website that shows international free agent signings over the past 10 years or so?

    Thanks

  13. MadmanTX 3 years ago

    Love the signing. I read the reviews of this kid and he sounds like a great pick-up. If the Rangers found out about the revised birthdate first and moved to sign Beras, why is that “underhanded” as some people are saying around the internet? As to the amount of the bonus…unless the cap is in place now, then why is there a problem?

    • Lunchbox45 3 years ago

      i love how you say ‘revised birthdate’ as if thats a completely normal thing.

    • Snoochies8 3 years ago

      I like the signing, but you do realize that, no matter how you look at it, the signing gets void right?

      If it turns out he’s 16, signing is void and he has to wait at least until july 2, if he’s not suspended past that.

      If it turns out he’s 17, it means he lied about his age and his signing is void and he’s suspended for however long

      pretty much lose lose for this kid

  14. ChrisV 3 years ago

    Texas payed attention, and when the age was revised extended an offer. Beras obviously accepted. If Beras cared to be on another team he would have waited for other teams. Texas didn’t stop other teams from getting a chance to sign Beras, it was Beras himself who decided to accept Texas’ offer. As a side note, He was wearing a Rangers Cap at a recent camp held by David Ortiz. 

    Now MLB thought he was still 16 and ineligible…something doesn’t add up. “Strange things are a foot at the circle k”

    • andrewyf 3 years ago

      What doesn’t add up? Texas thinks he’s 17, and signed him. MLB thinks he’s 16. If he’s 16, he’s ineligible, and Texas can’t sign him. If he’s 17, but has been lying about his age, he’ll be in trouble and Texas probably won’t be able to sign him. Simple as that.

  15.  The Rangers are great for Latin America!!! Keep up the great work!!

    • imachainsaw 3 years ago

       >implying all teams don’t sign latin american players

  16. johnsilver 3 years ago

    Looks like Maxwell’s Silver Hammer is about to strike on this deal…

    They must have found the correct age on the 2nd spin of the roulette wheel…

  17. Lunchbox45 3 years ago

    lol @ revised birthday

  18. JunKim 3 years ago

    saw his face and no way he’s 17.  he looks like 22

  19. $21621694 3 years ago

    Wow, some players don’t just lie about being younger but also about being older. Most of the 2012 international signing class will come out saying they are older before the new CBA comes in place to get more money…. 

  20. MadmanTX 3 years ago

     Doubtful as to the voiding.

  21. It was done in the past. The player kept the bonus. And the scout was suspended. A pitcher signed at 15  by Dodgers and Luis Aponte

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