Originally Posted by doublem23
You are aware that pretty much every other team operates their international development this way, correct? The fact that the Zapata signing is such a huge deal here shows more how poorly the Sox's Latin American operations have been lately. If this were any other team, we'd be shrugging our shoulders at the news that the Sox signed a highly touted kid for a lot of money. It happens all the time elsewhere.
Heck the kid is the #2 international prospect. You have to invest in the farm system, so here is one prize investment. At 16, he still probably has another growth spurt. Good move based on the rating.