MICHAEL INOA SIGNING WITH THE A’S LAST MONTH: GUY ON THE FAR LEFT (NEXT TO BILLY BEANE) IS A BOOKIE
Here’s another Latin American headache for Major League Baseball. Sports llustrated is reporting that the agent who represented pitcher Michael Inoa of the Dominican Republic in his recent record setting contract negotiations with the Oakland A’s just happens to be the country’s biggest bookie.
According to SI, Edgar Mercedes has made a fortune taking bets. He is the owner of Out 27, the biggest sports book and bar in the Dominican Republic. Mercedes also owns 45 other bookmaking operations on the island. Mercedes is a top “Buscones” or street agent who represents several baseball players (including Inoa.)