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Indians prospect sues over deal that ties up future earnings

By MITCH STACY
AP Sports Writer

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A top Cleveland Indians prospect is suing a company he claims gave him $360,000 in exchange for a 10 percent stake in his future earnings that could amount to millions of dollars.

Catcher Francisco Mejia claims in a federal lawsuit filed in February that the agreement is unfair and unenforceable. He says he didn't understand the extent to which he was mortgaging his future when he signed the contracts to get the money.

Mejia, who is from the Dominican Republic, claims in the lawsuit that Big League Advance Fund issued three separate "loans" to him in 2016 "under unconscionable terms" and means. He says he took one loan when his mother was sick and the family needed money for medical treatment.

But Michael Schwimer, the former major league pitcher who runs the 2-year-old Fairfax, Virginia-based company, says the deals were fair and legal and were explained properly.

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