Mateo played in the Dominican Winter League where he was used exclusively at 2B. He hit poorly (.167 in 42 AB) and was eventually being used only as a
So basically the Red Sox spent $63M plus a top pitching prospect for Sale who has a 3 years $39.M contract. Consider that Kershaw makes average $35M in
Because we have 24-25-year-old prospects who will never see the major leagues if we don't give them a shot now.
Here's an interesting scouting report on him from a few months ago:
Speaking of problems making contact, this post is a big whiff.
He also has a great curveball