A reporter from ESPN Deportes tweeted late on Sunday that outfielder Felix Perez will sign with Cincinnati, though general manager Walt Jocketty did not confirm the report.
“We don’t have a deal,” Jocketty told MLB.com. “We’re one of several clubs still talking to him. We’re hoping to get it resolved in the next two or three days. He is a kid we’ve been pursuing for quite a while.”
Perez was set to sign with the Yankees for $3.5 million almost one year ago until he was suspended by Major League Baseball for lying about his age. The Yankees broke off talks upon learning of the age discrepancy.
Perez, who was 24 but claimed to be 20, was reinstated in October and was free to negotiate with any club.
I know nothing about this kid; I don’t even remember the story about him lying about his age…but thought it was something newsworthy.
UPDATE: The Enquirer reports that Perez signed with the club yesterday for $550,000. They’re planning on fast tracking him, starting him in A ball, but getting him to AA quickly.