Cuban phenom Lazaro “Lazarito” Armenteros’ American agent dropped him after receiving death threats from a Dominican Republic-based investor, reports Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi.
Charles Hairston, who was the 16-year-old prospect’s negotiating representative in America, claims that the investor, or “buscon,” threatened his life after a conflict arose about when Lazarito should sign with a MLB club.
Lazarito, who is 6'2", 205-pounds, became eligible to sign in the majors starting on Feb. 10.
“I feel for the kid. He is truly special. We are still looking forward to working with him when he comes to the United States once his situation is resolved,” Hairston said, according to the report. “We already have several sponsorship and major endorsement deals lined up for him, not to mention his own clothing line which we are launching soon. But when his safety and ours is put in jeopardy, we had to think about what is most important in life.”
Lazarito played in the 15U World Cup in August 2014 and batted .462 with three doubles, five triples and eight RBIs in nine games for Cuba. Last month, he had his first open showcase with 140 scouts in attendance at the Padres’ academy in the Dominican Republic.