Esmailyn Gonzalez REALLY Not Who You Think He Is

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Everyone's got secrets. I've got secrets from her, she's got secrets from me and unless I hack into her email while she's in the shower again, there's a good chance we'll all stay in ignorant bliss keeping these things to ourselves. In the course of every day relationships it becomes easy to do this stuff. One major reason these things slide is that I've never given anyone a $1.4M signing bonus to be with me. Unfortunately, the Nationals aren't so lucky and just gave that amount of money to a guy who is not only older than they suspected... he isn't even the same guy.

A top Washington Nationals prospect and recipient of the largest international signing bonus in team history is not who he appeared to be. Esmailyn Gonzalez, who is listed as 19 years old on the team's roster, is actually 23-year-old Carlos Alvarez Daniel Lugo, four sources have told SI.com.

The Nationals, owned by the Lerner family, gave the shortstop from the Dominican Republic a $1.4 million signing bonus on July 2, 2006, and trumpeted his arrival as a sign of their commitment to acquiring top-tier talent. (Players from Latin America are not subject to the draft and can sign with the team of their choice.) "This signing is symbolic of the Lerner family's and incoming club president Stan Kasten's pledge to become an industry leader in scouting and player development,'' Washington general manager Jim Bowden said at the time of the deal.

It's really that quote that leaves Bowden with huevos on his face isn't it? The story goes on to say that even when people believed Lugo was a 19 year old they still weren't convinced of his talents and the next highest bonus he was offered was $700K by the Rangers. It had the potential to already be a massive scouting/signing blooper before Gonzalez Lugo went all Clark Rockefeller on everyone's ass.

There are legal issues in play now. Lugo falsified a bunch of documents to dupe the Nats and now may be ineligible to come to the US and attend camp. As for me, I'll be there in Viera, FL next week trying to convince Jim Bowden that I'm actually Nick Johnson and they need to start giving those paychecks to me instead of the fat guy with the broken leg.


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New rule: don't believe Dominicans when we tell you our age.

Except me. I'm 21.

Albert Pujols' real name is Jose.

SHUT IT DOWN! SHUT IT ALL DOWN!

Even worse, Kasten thought they were signing Elian Gonzalez.

Full disclosure: I'm really David Pinto and I have a Fribble addiction I just can't kick.

Rob, your posts reeked of Fishamajig influence. Thank you for coming clean. As your teammates, we stand by you. This year will be the best blog year of our lives.

You guys should have seen the contract Bowden offered me when he thought my name was Jorge Wheatio.

Yeah, give it a shot, Kris. There's gotta be thousands of guys named Nick Johnson in this country. Hell, my bandmate's younger brother is named Nick Johnson...

Nick Johnson is the lead singer of Banner Pilot.

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