Dominican righthander Juan Carlos Paniagua's $1.1 million deal with the Yankees hit a snag due to "falsified documents," though the case is still ongoing, according to Major League Baseball vice president Kim Ng.
Baseball America reported on Thursday that MLB suspended Paniagua for one year, which Yankees vice president Mark Newman confirmed, though the reason for the disciplinary action was not known. Ng declined to provide further details about what documents were falsified, though she confirmed that Paniagua's representatives were asking MLB to reconsider its decision. As of now, MLB is still listening and hasn't made a final verdict, according to Ng.
"Right now we're still investigating," Ng said. "The process is not finished."
Ng also added that Paniagua is not technically suspended, but that he is currently "not eligible to sign" for a year. The term suspension, Ng said, is reserved for players who are under an official contract with a major league team.
Whatever phrase the league decides to use, Paniagua will have to sit out a year for a second time unless MLB changes its ruling. In other words: stay tuned.
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