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The Yankees Have Dominican Issues, Too

Well, for all the abuse the Nationals have been taking lately, it's good to know that in at least one of the departments of dysfunction they suddenly have good company. It turns out the latest team to be victimized by a fraudulent Dominican identity is the Yankees, who were given the run-around by a shortstop prospect signed about a month ago.

According to Sports Illustrated's Melissa Segura, Major League Baseball's Department of Investigations concluded that 16-year old Damian Arredondo was neither 16 years old, nor named Damian Arredondo. League rules stipulate that Arredondo's contract be voided, which means that the Yankees won't lose the $850,000 they invested in the young infielder.

There's no open source video of Arredondo (though there is this YouTube clip of a 12-month old named Damian Arredondo playing the guitar, which is pretty cute), though Segura sites scouting reports that claimed the Yankees were high on the player's speed (6.4-second 60-yard dash) and a cannon of a right arm. He's also a switch hitter, which never hurts.

Because his deal with the Yankees was voided, Arredondo will be free to sign with any major league team next year, though he now must wait a full 12 months before being eligible for a new contract, under his legal name. Now, who thinks the Yankees might try to sign him 12 months from now just to show Major League Baseball who's boss ...

By Cameron Smith  |  July 17, 2009; 2:05 PM ET
Categories:  Yankees  | Tags: Dominican Republic, Yankees, prospects  
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How old is Mr.Arredondo?

Sec 204 Row H Seat 7

Posted by: adhardwick | July 17, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Then there's this, picked of the SoSH message board.

"Sox prospect Raphael Espinoza, a SS, was paid $250,000 in 2007 as a 16 year old. This winter he had VISA problems. He's not 19 and he's not Raphael Espinoza. He's 21 and has warts."

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | July 17, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

There are likely more than 100 players in the minors right now who will magically age 18 months or prior to the end of the year. Smiley was not so very special.

Posted by: dfh21 | July 17, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

It's not like it's a new thing either but MLB was shocked - shocked! - to learn of such doings with the Nats. Uh huh.

Scott Boras? The Scott Boras? hmmm...

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | July 17, 2009 6:22 PM | Report abuse

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