The Yoan Moncada sweepstakes are over and we had a mild upset in the end. The Boston Red Sox–not the favored New York Yankees—end up landing the star Cuban prospect and he didn’t come cheap. Moncada will head to Boston for a deal worth $31 million ($63 million with tax), but according to the Cuban phenom’s agent, David Hastings, the deal is not yet official.
BREAKING – Source: Cuban INF prospect Yoan Moncada agrees with Red Sox on a deal in $30 million range. Check http://t.co/mkcBseoZWQ.
— Jesse Sanchez (@JesseSanchezMLB) February 23, 2015
Yankees fans ready to jump off a cliff right (myself included), take a couple baby steps back because there remains a glimmer of hope. If you are of the cynical variety then let me remind you of the Alex Rodriguez trade, a trade that was all but done with Boston until the Yanks swooped in and stole A-Rod. The Yankees offered Moncada $25 million so a $6 million difference shouldn’t be that big of hurdle if for whatever reason Moncada gets cold feet about Boston.
If the deal stays in place however, the Red Sox have found the ideal replacement for Dustin Pedoria when he’s ready to retire. Moncada is only 19 years old, but scouts have said that his Minor League stint will be short. So where do the Red Sox play him in the meantime? They’re set at both second base and shortstop with Pedroia and Xander Boagerts and they just spent $100 million on Pablo Sandoval, but he can slide into DH once David Ortiz hangs it up.
Either way the Red Sox are built for sustained success with Moncada on board. I don’t know what or who the Yankees are saving their money for, but the Red Sox are the ones laughing all the way to the bank right now.