UPDATE (Feb. 11, 11:40 a.m. PT): According to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick, David Hastings, who is representing Yoan Moncada, hopes to have a decision made around Feb. 23:
I don’t have any more plans [for workouts] after next week. I’m looking at around the 23rd of this month to have all the input we need to make a decision on where he’ll start — and hopefully end — his professional career.”
There’s been much hype building around teenage infield prospect Yoan Moncada, especially since he was cleared by MLB to sign with a team.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have been one of the teams linked to the Cuban switch-hitter and are expected to be there at the end when he decides on a team. Moncada is projected to receive a signing bonus north of $8 million, along with his contract. Any team willing to sign the 19-year-old will have to be ready to pay all the penalties that come with it, such as a dollar-for-dollar tax and a two-year ban on international prospects over $300,000.
According to Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times, Moncada hopes to be able to with a team soon via his representative:
I’m hoping, certainly, that by the end of next week, we’ll have a much clearer picture of where he will sign,” said Moncada’s Florida-based representative, David Hastings.
Along with the Dodgers, the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and San Diego Padres are among the teams that have expressed serious interest in Moncada. The young infielder recently said he wants to join a team as soon as possible to be able to compete for a spot on the roster.
Hastings also reiterated this sentiment about his top prospect:
I’m kind of hoping we’re at the final end of the process,” Hastings said. “I hope I will be able to get Yoan into a team’s spring-training practice as soon as possible.”
If Moncada joins the Dodgers, he will likely have no shot to make the team this season. With Jimmy Rollins, Juan Uribe and Howie Kendrick set to make up the infield, there would simply be no room for the teenager. However, Moncada could work in the minor leagues and have a shot at the big leagues in 2015, possibly joining Corey Seager on the left side of the infield.
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