Nationals' pride takes another hit

Updated: February 18, 2009, 7:17 PM ET
By Keith Law

The Esmailyn Gonzalez story wasn't a huge shock to people in the industry who had previously questioned Gonzalez's age and criticized the Nationals for giving him a $1.4 million signing bonus, but I don't think anyone believed that Gonzalez was four years older than he claimed to be and thus was barely a prospect, if at all.

The obvious next question is whether the apparent age/identity fraud extends to anyone inside the Nationals' organization, as both Jose Rijo and general manager Jim ...

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