What is your opinion of the A.J. Pierzynski signing?
MJH on accountability
Just wondering if anyone knows whether MLB has ruled on the Jairo Beras signing... or even if there are any updates. I can't seem to find anything new on the web.
In case anyone's interested, here's some more on the Beras signing.
mlbtraderumors did a piece a day or so ago saying that there could be a ruling as early as next week. The last thing they said was that it just looked like the Rangers had out worked everyone else in doing their research, for what it's worth.
The phrase "in connection with the player signing with a club." is the key wording. If he was 17 when he signed, then they almost have to OK it, otherwise, they open themselves up to a big lawsuit from Beras.
All the other stuff from sources seems like sour grapes. The Rangers did their homework while others napped, and now the nappers are crying and want Daddy to spank the Rangers.
While the link in the 2nd post provides BA's Badler's update, Badler completely glosses over the bottom line facts in this case. Those interested should not only read Badler, but for a fuller perspective also this article http://www.star-telegram.com/2012/03/23/3831965/texas-rangers-feel-confident-prospect.html which was analyzed by BBTiA.
As I recall, Badler was early to the party in saying that the Rangers were playing fast and loose with the rules here ...and he's used that motif in a stream of follow-ups ...and while he's provided some helpful insight, he's also perhaps become invested too much in the outlaw angle to be objective.
This may be a case of the Rangers doing what is always accepted, which is to out-work the competition. That approach has plenty of precedent as being the accepted one in recent baseball annals, and while Badler doesn't like it (perhaps because it contradicts his bias), Texas had no obligation to share the results of their hard work with the lazier students in the class and create unwanted competition for themselves..
Man you are right, Badler really buries the lead. He rushes through the fact that it's probably a legal contract (which is kind of huge news), and instead focuses on how the Rangers should've been more "open" about things. It's like saying, the smart kid who studied his ass off should let everybody cheat off him during the test because otherwise it wouldn't be fair.
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