Originally Posted by ZombieRob
100% with you on this, and I don't think it's pointed out enough. The philosophy has to be chance from A to AAA. Amazing how Dodgers and other teams can get nice international players and the Sox get the scraps.
Keep in mind though that the rules have changed regarding signing young international players. There is a draft now. It is no longer a free-for-all like the old days.
Don't get me wrong, it's good to have international scouts/personnel always on the search for talent. But the days where a Dodgers scout would hop from town to town and scoop up 15-20 sixteen year old kids while the rest of MLB was completely oblivious are long gone.