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A's approach v. Padres approach

Got this from DePo's blog

The Padres signed, according to ESPN rankings, the #3, 5, 6, and 10 Latin American players, and an Aussie Rules player who oozes athleticism.

A number of ANers have wondered aloud about whether it is better to go all out for a talent like Inoa ($4.25 m pricetag), or to take the shotgun approach like the Padres and spread the money ($5m) amongst some of the lesser prospects with the hopes that a few pan out.

 

I think I'll put my support in the Inoa camp, especially because we aren't just talking about the top prospect internationally, we are talking about a "generational talent", or so they say.

Still, I have to admire the Padres for doing this.  I think both the A's and the Padres are setting a trend for future international draftings, and I would guess that down the road, it will quickly become more expensive to make these types of moves.

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