Originally Posted by Daver
Actually it is. You have to pay for travel, and the scouts get paid a premium because they are spending extended amounts of time, 3-4 months, away from home. The Dodgers used to find a lot of talent there by using scouts that lived there, but they also got sold a bunch of lousy ball players by the same scouts taking payoffs.
Don't most scouts live in Latin America? It's not an American scout going over there to find player, it's usually somebody from Latin America who is scouting.