Former Dominican scout sues Yankees

Former scouting director sues Yankees

The former Dominican scouting director for the Yankees has filed a lawsuit against the team for firing him, according to The Associated Press.

The AP reported Wednesday that Ramon Valdivia, fired last year along with another scout during Major League Baseball's investigation of contract-skimming, is suing the team for $3 million.

The Yankees fired Valdivia and Carlos Rios, their director of Latin American scouting, in August 2008 for allegedly taking bonus money from 18-year-old prospect Kelvin De Leon.

"I have nothing against the Yankees," Valdivia told The AP on Wednesday. "I don't have anything against the Major Leagues either to have accused me in its investigation. I believe that I have demonstrated that I did not steal anything and I want to return to work in baseball."

Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.