Update: MLB suspends Juan Carlos Paniagua, voids contract

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Update (Sept. 6th): More from Badler. The suspension is a result of “falsified documents,” and technically it’s not even a suspension. The term “suspension” is reserved for players under contract, so Paniagua is considered “unable to sign.” His $1.1M deal with the Yankees was not yet official because he hadn’t secured a visa. MLB VP Kim Ng confirmed that they’re listening to Paniagua’s appeal and the the ruling is not yet final. Either way, it seems like a long shot that the Yankees will get their guy.

Original Post (Sept. 1st): Via Ben Badler, MLB has suspended Dominican righty Juan Carlos Paniagua and voided his contract with the Yankees. He agreed to a $1.1M bonus back in March. The reason for the suspension is unknown, and Badler says MLB won’t even tell the Yankees what’s going on. Paniagua is appealing the punishment, but it’s his second suspension after getting caught up in some identity and age fraud stuff two years ago.

The 20-year-old Paniagua had previously gone by Juan Collado and even agreed to a $17k deal with the Diamondbacks in 2009. He apparently picked up some big time velocity (sitting 93-95 touching the high-90’s according to Badler) while serving his suspension after the deal was voided. I have no idea what happens next, but the contract has been voided, so that’s pretty clear. Meanwhile, VP of Baseball Ops Mark Newman confirmed to Badler that right-hander Rafael DePaula (who agreed to a deal worth $700k in November) is still working to get a visa so his contract can become official.

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  • Jake H

    I do wonder if they are trying make an example of the kid since this would be the 2nd time in a year that a player lied, had his contract voided and got more money sitting out.

  • Tyrone Sharpton

    His Dominican heritage played a part in this.

    • Shuffle Cards for fun

      Well……….yeah……. If he were american he’d probably be in Staten Island at this point

      • MikeD

        Well, if he was American, he wouldn’t have falsified documents.

  • Jorge

    He’s actually a girl.

    • Craig

      Mulan part II?

  • Will (the other one)

    I’m a little surprised at this–not the fact Paniagua was suspended, but that the league were able to void his contract without the Yankees apparently even knowing what was going on. I’m sure they have the legal right to do so; it just seems strange that they wouldn’t afford the team the common courtesy of letting them know what was happening before announcing action against a contracted player.

    • jsbrendog

      that is what i was thinking. just seems odd

  • http://www.simdynasty.com/index.jsp?refer=Jeety jeety

    He’s bud selig’s illegitimate son and must be kept off us soil at all costs… hence no explanation

  • noseeum

    He’s actually El Duque trying to get one more crack at the bigs.

  • MikeD

    They discovered he’s actually the 45-year-old wife of Jose Tabata.

  • scout

    fake age!!

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  • Owen Two

    Did Kim Ng ever work for the Yankees?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Yes, she was an assistant GM from 98-01.

    • Jorge

      I really wish she’d get a GM gig already. Would be awesome to see.