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How Much is a Buscone Worth? $20 Million

Earlier this year we were all educated on the finer points of Domican buscones, the talent scouts/agents who tout young baseball players at the cost of a percentage of their future earnings. It's a seedy business that falls somewhere between outright pimping and legitimate championing.

Well, in the case of Alexei Ramirez, the balance clearly falls closer to the "pimping" side of the line. The White Sox shortstop is being sued by a former talent scout for $20 million in the Dominican Republic, with the scout saying Ramirez violated a signed contract when he inked a deal with Chicago.

The $20 million figure being floated in the suit, which was dug up by, is clearly an over-the-top bargaining measure meant to drive Ramirez and his agent, Jaime Torres, to the bargaining table. Once there, two other terms of the suit -- a $450,000 portion of Ramirez's signing bonus and $131,156 portion of the first two years of his major league contract -- will be the real terms of contention by Julio Martinez and Ramon Fernandez, the talent scouts who claim they held Ramirez under contract.

To say that the suit is questionable is an understatement, but if Martinez and Fernandez are actually successful (by winning any of the terms brought), it could also serve as a landmark judgment, likely starting an avalanche of lawsuits brought against prominent baseball players from the Dominican Republic.

And if it isn't successful? Well, then this will all prove to be a gigantic financial pipe dream, though one that, at the very least, brings some cleverly audacious justifications. In a city where dry cleaners are sued for $54 million because of a lost pair of pants, that's almost a laudable trait.

By Cameron Smith  |  May 29, 2009; 4:17 PM ET
Categories:  White Sox  | Tags: Alexei Ramirez, Buscone, Dominican Republic, White Sox, lawsuit  
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