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Lots of money, mystery in international signings

Updated: July 9, 2009, 2:40 PM ET
By Peter Gammons

A White Sox official was arrested last summer for bringing cash into the United States in his shoes, and cash has been rifled out of the pockets of Dominican teenagers. The Washington Nationals had to fire their Dominican scouting coordinator in an unseemly scandal, and several other teams have fired employees because of signing-bonus looting.

In 2006, the Nationals gave a kid named Esmailyn Gonzalez $1.4 million, but he turned out to be Carlos David Alvarez Lugo and four years older than ...

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