Tom Krasovic: Padres’ bold efforts in Latin America have driven key trades, delivered scouting access

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The San Diego Union-Tribune

SAN DIEGO — This week the Padres announced they signed a teenage catcher from Venezuela, Ethan Salas, who is Baseball America’s top-ranked prospect in this year’s international amateur class. It’s remarkably bold to guarantee $5.6 million to a 16-year-old ballplayer. So much can go wrong. The return on investment, however, can be immense if one of these educated guesses pans out. If Salas someday produces as an average big leaguer over a few Padres seasons, the club stands to recoup good value even accounting for his big league salaries. And if the bilingual lefty hitter become the star Padres…

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