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Smiley Shows Up

Barry again, from the Dominican:

Carlos Daniel Alvarez Lugo -- the Nats' prospect formerly known as Esmailyn "Smiley" Gonzalez -- showed up at the Nationals' soon-to-be-former training complex in San Cristobal just before 2 p.m. local time. Alvarez had not been at the facility since news of his fraudulent age and identity broke Feb. 18.

Alvarez arrived just in time to join a meeting with Nationals assistant GM Mike Rizzo and the rest of his teammates in center field of one of the diamonds at the facility. The meeting lasted most than 20 minutes and included two rounds of applause from the assembled players.

Players say they are being told they will move to a facility in Boca Chica beginning next Monday and that it's all but certain the Nationals will field only one team in the Dominican Summer League this year. The club had fielded two entries and the impending change likely means the release of several players.

"Lots of guys are worried," said Santiago Molina, a 21-year-old pitcher, before the meeting. "We're not sure what's going to happen."

More to come...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  February 26, 2009; 1:21 PM ET
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I assume the prospect formerly known as Smiley wasn't arrested on the spot.

I guess we'll probably get a formal decision on his status with the team on Monday. Likely answer "Don't call us, the FBI will be calling you..."

Posted by: estuartj | February 26, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

I'm going to be seriously disappointed if he's allowed to remain with the organization in the wake of all the problems his situation has caused (I stop short of saying he caused it directly but at least some of the blame is his).

Posted by: RicketyCricket | February 26, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

I assume the applause was to congratulate Smiley for turning 20, 21, 22 and 23 all in one day...?

Posted by: dclifer | February 26, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand why no one has written about any possible legal jeopardy for this guy. He has admitted to being a major player in a 1.4 million dollar fraud. Can someone explain why he hasn't been charged with a crime?

Posted by: Dogface13 | February 26, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Santiago Molina should be worried, as a soon-to-be (May 23) 22 yr old in a league that should be mainly teenagers. Don't know why they cheered, at least half of them will be out of a job.

Not-Smiley should be put in Potomac at the very least, it's either sink or swim.

Posted by: VladiHondo | February 26, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

The Nats have 1.4 million invested in this kid!! Why would they just cut him loose until they figure out if he has the talent or not to play?

Posted by: dkidwell61 | February 26, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

They're ALL involved in this scam/fraud.
If a "yankee" reporter, with no inside knowledge of the country, and no contacts, can go there and within 24-hours get a history of the guy's family, where he grew up, who his relatives were, where he went to school, etc., don't you think that Rijo, as well as Rijo's life-long buddy, the "buscon" and the guy's agent knew what was goin on??!!
They were all in on it. The Nats fell for it (and who knows how many other teams have in the past) and they split the loot.
Let's see...$1.4million; the "kid" has 2 cars, total value...about $70,000, family still lives in a dirt-floor shack, and no one has a new palace. Hmmm...anybody want to check Rijo's bank account? or his buddy's? and the agent's? and also that certain American guy's newly established bank account in the Dominican Republic? No...the kid didn't dream this up with his cousin! No way. I don't care what he says now. ALL the local guys were in on it. Guaranteed.

Posted by: al852 | February 26, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure this pun is rather old....but we've finally received the "player to be named later."

Posted by: C-way | February 26, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

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