Several prospects back on the market
October, 23, 2009
Cuban outfielder Felix Perez -- who had been suspended for a year by Major League Baseball on May 26 after having lied about his age -- was reinstated last week and is now eligible to sign with any team. Perez, who is 24 years old and not 20 as he had originally claimed, was set to sign with the New York Yankees for $3.5 million before his suspension. "This action was taken because it was concluded that circumstances existed that allowed the Commissioner's Office to exercise some discretion in the reduction of the suspension," wrote Lou Melendez, MLB's vice president of international operations, in an e-mail. Melendez declined to provide more details about the circumstances which led to Perez's reinstatement. Joel Bello, one of Perez's agents, also declined to provide details. Perez had originally been represented by Jaime Torres -- who represents such Cuban stars as Alexei Ramirez and Jose Contreras -- but Perez parted ways with Torres soon after he was suspended.