Coveted Cuban prospect Yoan Moncada has finally decided on a team. He’ll one day, probably sooner than later, be a member of the Boston Red Sox.
This comes as a surprise as the Los Angeles Dodgers were seen as the front runner and the New York Yankees have also expressed a lot of interest in the 19-year-old star in the making. The Red Sox and the San Diego Padres were in the race for Moncada as well but not as frontrunners.
The Detroit Tigers, San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee Brewers, Tampa Bay Rays, Texas Rangers and Arizona Diamondbacks all showed interest but were considered long-shots to land the Cuban phenom.
Moncada has expressed his desire to play in the Major Leagues as soon as possible. It’s been speculated that he should start the year in Single-A to hone his skills but given that he will be, pending a physical, receiving a record-shattering $31.5 million signing bonus, there’s a chance that he could start at a higher level. He may be expected to perform in the Majors, sooner than later.
While these reports have come from industry sources and are likely valid, Red Sox manager John Farrell had only this to say about the Red Sox landing the most popular prospect on the free agent market,
“There’s really nothing to fill you in [on],” Red Sox manager John Farrell said at the team’s training camp in Fort Myers, Fla. “I’m aware of the reports and the story that’s been broken but there’s nothing official to announce. I know [general manager] Ben [Cherington] and ownership will be talking to everyone here over the coming days [at the annual spring news conference]. But as of now, there’s really nothing else to say about it.”
Still, it is safe to assume that the 6’2″, 205 pound slugging infielder will be officially announced as a part of the Red Sox organization in the coming days.