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Rangers teenage free agent signing to be investigated by MLB

On Wednesday the Texas Rangers were said to have signed 17 years old Dominican Republic outfielder Jairo Beras for $4.5 million.  However, the signing has come into question because other clubs felt that Beras was not eligible to sing until July 2nd because they believe that he is only 16 years old.

If Beras is 16, he falls under the new rules governing international signings as part of the new collective bargaining agreement. Teams will have a cap of $2.9 million in bonuses it can hand out to international players for one year, starting July 2. After that, the bonus money will be based on record, giving the teams that finish lower in the standings more money to spend.

The Rangers have picked up their Latin America spending with the signing of Cuban outfielder Leonys Martin to a five-year, $15.5 million and adding Dominican outfielders Nomar Mazar ($5 million) and Ronald Guzman ($3.5 million) over the past year.