Major League Baseball announced Thursday that Jairo Beras' contract with the Rangers will be approved by the league, but the teenager will be suspended until July 1, 2013, for providing a false date of birth when registering with MLB as a prospect.
The league investigated Beras' age after the Rangers contended he was 17 and eligible to sign with the organization prior to the new collective bargaining agreement rules, which took effect earlier this month.
Reports surfaced in February that the Rangers had agreed to terms on a $4.5 million bonus with the 6-foot-5 Dominican outfielder. MLB and most teams thought Beras was 16 and, therefore, would fall under the cap of $2.9 million that teams had to give out to international players for a year starting July 2.
MLB investigated for more than four months before determining that Beras was indeed 17.