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Carlos Alvarez Daniel Lugo (born November 1985) is a shortstop for the Washington Nationals organization. Prior to the 2009 season, he was known as Esmailyn Gonzalez. He was the most valuable player of the Gulf Coast League in 2008, for the Gulf Coast League Nationals.

Signing

On July 2, 2006, the Nationals signed Lugo, then known as Esmailyn Gonzalez, as an international free agent. He was given a $1.4 million signing bonus. The Nationals were given information that Lugo was born on September 21, 1989, a date which MLB office confirmed for least three interested teams, including Washington. He made his debut for the Gulf Coast League Nationals in 2007.

Name/birth date controversy

Soon after Lugo was signed by the Nationals, Major League Baseball began an investigation into Esmailyn Gonzalez's history. In 2009, they completed their investigation. They discovered that Gonzalez's real name was Carlos Alvarez Daniel Lugo, and he was born in 1986, rather than 1989. The Federal Bureau of Investigation soon began investigating Nationals general manager Jim Bowden, suspecting that he has skimmed bonus money from international signees since 1994, when he was with the Cincinnati Reds.

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