A prospect for the New York Yankees has been cut from the team after he reportedly stole from his teammates to sell equipment to fans. On top of that, he also defrauded fans when he was unable to provide them with the items they requested.
The player in question is Jake Sanford, an outfielder who was selected by the Yankees with a third-round pick in the 2019 MLB draft. He was given a $597,500 signing bonus and was assigned to the Yankees’ Florida Complex League at the start of the 2022 regular season.
Sanford was accused of hounding teammates on multiple occasions for their equipment to sell online, while also stealing from their lockers every once in a while if he didn’t get what he was looking for.
Fans of the team also said he accepted their money in advance for autographed equipment and that he was not always able to provide the requested items. When fans and Major League Baseball officials became aware of the situation, Sanford deactivated his Twitter account.
Despite being booted from Major League Baseball, Sanford has since signed with the Ottawa Titans of the Frontier League.