Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Pittsburgh Pirates have dismissed Rene Gayo, who was their Director of Latin American Scouting. According to Rosenthal's article on The Athletic (subscription required), an investigation by Major League Baseball revealed that Gayo took an improper payment for the sale of at least one player from a summer team in Mexico several years ago. When the Pirates found out about the payment, they told Gayo that they would not renew his contract. Rosenthal also notes that Gayo faces possible discipline from Major League Baseball.

Gayo has been in charge of the Latin American Scouting for the Pirates since 2004. He was responsible for signing players such as Starling Marte, Gregory Polanco, Jose Osuna, Edgar Santana and Elias Diaz among others. The Pirates are c...

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