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Old 12-08-2011, 03:51 PM   #34
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Originally Posted by Josh. View Post
A lot of players from the DR lie about their age. Wandy Rodriguez, Miggy, Esmailyn Gonzalez, Rafael Furcal, etc. I'm not saying Pujols DID lie, but there are a lot of questions, so I see a lot of risk in signing a guy who could be several years older than 32 for 10 years @ $25 million per year.
[Only registered users can see links.] . MLB teams aren't really interested in signing kids out of the DR if they're over 18. Wandy Rodriguez took on a whole different identity to lie about his age, he became 18 yr old Eny Cabreja (and he's not the only one). It's a theory on why many latino players seem to hit the wall pretty young- Carlos Baerga, Edgardo Alfonzo, etc.

Anyway, 10 year contracts are never a good idea, especially when a guy is already well into his 30's when it begins. This will be a huge albatross for the Angels beginning in about 4 or 5 years.
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