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Pittsburgh Pirates Face Lawsuit from Former Prospect

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Pittsburgh Pirates Face Lawsuit from Former Prospect
John Dreker

The Pittsburgh Pirates are facing a lawsuit from a former prospect named Rudy Guzman, who played three seasons in the Dominican Summer League. He is suing the team for $10 M for "moral, social, psychological, professional, labor and economic damages" according to Diario Libre, who broke the story last week.

The only reason you're hearing about the story now is because I stumbled upon the link on Wednesday morning while searching for something else Pirates related in Spanish links. As with any ongoing lawsuit, the team obviously isn't commenting now on the situation.

According to the Diario Libre article, Guzman claims in the lawsuit that he failed to receive his bonus in 2014, which was originally $100,000, then lowered to $70,000. He points out that Rene Gayo originally convinced hi...

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John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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