Major League Baseball is investigating the age of Cuban free-agent shortstop Aledmys Diaz, according to Baseball America.
Diaz, who defected to Mexico, presented himself as a 23-year-old born on Jan. 8, 1990. However, other documents are sources show an Aug. 1, 1990, birthdate. That makes Diaz 22, which makes him subject to international spending caps via MLB's collective bargaining agreement. Teams can sign players who are 23 or older to any amount.
"I only go by the documentation that I have from the player," said Jaime Torres, Diaz's agent. "I've seen from different rosters, different ages for players in Cuba, so I don't pay much attention to what is put on the pages from Cuba. ... Only the player and the family should know the correct date of birth, not the sports authority from Cuba, the Cuban government. What I have, showing his date of birth, is 1/8/90 -- January 8, 1990."
Torres also told Baseball America that MLB wants Diaz to present an unblocking license from the Office of Foreign Assets Control before he can agree to a contract.
Diaz is considered a "modest" prospect, according to Baseball America.