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Jose Tabata: Older than we thought?

Here's a potentially disturbing item:  Dejan reports in the Notebook today that the Pirates are thinking of putting Tabata on the 40-man roster this off-season to protect him from the Rule 5 draft.  Tabata was signed four years ago, supposedly at age 16.  Players who sign at 18 or under aren't eligible until after five years.  Either Dejan has it wrong or was misinformed, or Tabata is older than the public has been led to believe.  To be eligible for the draft, he'd have to have been at least 19 when he signed, which would make him 23 now.  All the hype about him has been based on the fact that he was always very young for the levels he played at.  If he's 20, he's a blue chip prospect.  If he's 23, he's nothing special.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of the managing editor (Charlie) or SB Nation. FanPosts are written by Bucs Dugout readers.

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