Another roster has been discovered with a date of birth for Cuban shortstop Aledmys Diaz that conflicts with the one he has presented to Major League Baseball.
The roster that the Cuban team used at Haarlem Baseball Week in the Netherlands in July lists Diaz being born Aug. 1, 1991, not Jan. 8, 1990 as he has claimed. If that date of birth is accurate, then Diaz would be 21, not 23.
Baseball America reported earlier today that MLB is currently investigating Diaz’s age. One report on Cuba’s official baseball website from December 2007 has him being born Aug. 1, 1990, which would make him 22 now and would match reports from Cuban media outlets in July that Diaz was 21 at the time he defected, but it doesn’t match the Aug. 1, 1991 date of birth on the Haarlem Baseball Week roster. A roster from the 2010 Pan-American games in Puerto Rico did list Diaz as being born in 1991, although no specific month or date was listed.
While many players have falsified their ages in an attempt to appear younger and thus more attractive to major league teams, there is greater benefit to Diaz to be 23, since that would mean he would be exempt from the 2012-13 international bonus pools. Until July 2, 2014, Cuban players who are at least 23 and have played at least three seasons in Serie Nacional—which Diaz has done for Villa Clara—won’t have their contracts count against a team’s international bonus pool. If MLB determines that Diaz has presented a false age, he would potentially be subject to a penalty of being ineligible to sign for one year.
Diaz, who is claiming permanent residency in Mexico, is represented by Jaime Torres. Reports from scouts on Diaz remain modest.