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Two baseball prospects from the Dominican Republic are suing the Los Angeles Angels

Two Dominican Republic baseball prospects are suing the Los Angeles Angels for alleging the team breached verbal contract agreements by pulling out of deals

  • Prospects Willy Fañas and Kiederson Pavon say they have verbally agreed to join them
  • In the Dominican Republic, oral agreements are more binding than in the US
  • The deals were reached by scouts under GM Billy Eppler, who was fired in 2020

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A pair of baseball prospects in the Dominican Republic have filed suit against the Los Angeles Angels for breaching oral contract agreements, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported Thursday.

According to the report, arguments were filed in a Dominican court on August 31 after the Angels reportedly pulled out of deals with Willy Fañas and Kiederson Pavon, just weeks before the official signing date of January 15, 2021. The lawsuits were filed in May.

The deal for Fañas, aged 14 at the time, was reportedly $1.8 million, while Pavon as a 15-year-old claimed a $425,000 deal. According to the report, there is a video of the Angels expressing their intention to sign Pavon.

While both players signed with major league teams – Fañas with the New York Mets and Pavon with the Texas Rangers – both are seeking millions of dollars in damages.

The Angels are being sued for failing to comply with verbal agreements with 2 foreign prospects

The Angels are being sued for failing to comply with verbal agreements with 2 foreign prospects

The Dominican Republic treats oral contracts as more binding than in the United States.

The Angels have reportedly pulled out of the deals after making a change to their front office at the end of the 2020 season.

Following the resignation of general manager Billy Eppler, new GM Perry Minasian and his scouting division chose not to honor the contracts.

Jose Alfredo ‘Felo’ Sanchez, a longtime trainer in the Dominican Republic who worked with Fañas, says the Angels informed them of their decision in a phone call.

“They just called us to say they wouldn’t honor the agreement. They did not come to him, did nothing. They just said they wouldn’t honor the agreement and that was it. No explanation, nothing.’

Scouts under the then general manager of the Angels, Billy Eppler, made the arrangements

Scouts under the then general manager of the Angels, Billy Eppler, made the arrangements

Scouts under the then general manager of the Angels, Billy Eppler, made the arrangements

According to Passan, players from the Dominican Republic and Venezuela, “get regular handshake deals with teams when they are as young as 12 years old.”

That’s a different process for players in the United States and Canada — including Puerto Rico — where they can’t officially sign until age 16.

The league attempted to include the Dominican Republic and Venezuela in its upcoming drafts, but the plan was not added to the collective bargaining agreement agreed in April that ended the owners’ exclusion.

“If these players don’t bring this claim to a judge, it will be repeated,” said Jose Jerez, a lawyer representing Fañas and Pavon.

‘It’s a matter of conscience. It is important. People need to know that these kinds of agreements exist. If this has no consequences, it will continue to happen in the future.

After Eppler was fired in 2020, Perry Minasian took over as general manager of Angels

After Eppler was fired in 2020, Perry Minasian took over as general manager of Angels

After Eppler was fired in 2020, Perry Minasian took over as general manager of Angels

“If Major League Baseball doesn’t force the teams to honor their commitments, this judgment won’t necessarily end the practice, but it will set a precedent. That’s what we’re aiming for: a precedent.

“We understand that the law is on our side. Our customers have not breached their obligation and have fulfilled all their obligations. Anaheim, they unilaterally changed their position without our permission.

“This change of position without justification, we think this is the most important thing we will discuss here in court.”

Angels owner Arte Moreno said last month that he is exploring a sale of the team in a deal that has the potential to reach $2 billion. Moreno bought the team in 2003 for about $184 million.

Angels owner Arte Moreno is exploring options to sell the team, which could cost up to $2 billion

Angels owner Arte Moreno is exploring options to sell the team, which could cost up to $2 billion

Angels owner Arte Moreno is exploring options to sell the team, which could cost up to $2 billion

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