Matt P wrote:But why is it a risk they might as well take? Why not spend that money and build some state of the art academies or at least upgrade current academies and overpay for a plethora of amateur talent by a couple thousand a piece just to make sure they sign with the O's?
It's tough to say that, although yes I would personally do that instead. But based on bringing in pure talent I think Cespedes is a lot less riskier than doing that honestly (Just think about the hundreds of players signed that never make it)
In a dream world you sign Cespedes AND do that stuff.
I think you and I both are on the same page that Soler could be a better pickup though. I personally just want one or the other.