Mets lure 16-year-old shortstop with $5 million deal, reports say

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Normally an agent gets about 4-5 %. But the big money comes from endorsements...........
 

Tarheel

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A 16 year old boy can sign a five million dollar deal. Sounds illegal in both countries. Am I wrong?
 

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I was working at the age of 16. I had my working papers and worked as a stock boy at W.T. Grant.
(I threw a no-hitter in little league, but nobody cared. )
 
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I was working at the age of 16. I had my working papers and worked as a stock boy at W.T. Grant.
(I threw a no-hitter in little league, but nobody cared. )
I remember WT Grant. Kinda like a Woolworths.

I was caddying at Bellrive Country Club at age 16. $5/bag + tip. Going 36 holes and carrying 2 bags could net you $30. That was decent money in 1971, when the min wage was $1.25/hour.
 

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A 16 year old boy can sign a five million dollar deal. Sounds illegal in both countries. Am I wrong?
It is still a gray area about the age limits. MLB rules say an international player has to be 17 years old - for a "deal" to happen. A supposed loophole to go around age limits is a verbal agreement. Guess, the best manner to consider a made deal is the time and occasion of a transfer when a player, parents, and/or agents receive benefits. Benefits could be in a trust not accessible until player is of age.

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