Here's the quote from Soto. I was off a little but he still says Duran was looking for five million.
From Fay's blog:
Volquez on Duran
Edinson Volquez has seen Juan Duran play. He watched the 16-year-old outfielder the Reds signed in a tournament the Dominican.
"I saw him hit two two home runs in two at-bats," Volquez said. "I saw him throw from the outfield. Unbelievable. I've never seen someone like that. He's a little skinny right now. But he's going to be really good."
Duran is 6-foot-6, 190 pounds.
Mario Soto has not seen Duran play but he heard all about him.
"In my country, they said he was asking for $5 million," Soto said.
The Reds reportedly got him for $2 million. For their sake, hopefully it will work out better than their last splurge on a Latin American player. They paid Alejandro Diaz $1.6 million in 1999. He never made it above Double-A. What's worse spending all that money on Diaz busted the budget and kept the Reds from signing a guy named Miguel Cabrera.