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Yoan Moncada Reportedly Agrees To Deal With Boston Red Sox



Yoan Moncada

Dating back to January, the Los Angeles Dodgers have been one of the teams linked to 19-year-old Cuban sensation Yoan Moncada. The Dodgers attended two private workouts with the most recent coming in Florida 11 days ago and at one point were the perceived favorite to sign the switch-hitting infielder.

After getting cleared by MLB to sign as an international free agent, Moncada’s agent said he hoped to have a deal in place by the end of February so that his client would be able to participate in Spring Training. The process moved somewhat slowly after that, but according to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com, a decision was made Monday as Moncada agreed to a deal with the Boston Red Sox:

While the Dodgers were tied to Moncada throughout the process, general manager Farhan Zaidi expressed some reservations over the weekend as the infielder’s free agency carried on, via Eric Stephen of True Blue LA:

Despite missing out on Moncada, other Cuban prospects remain free agents that the Dodgers have scouted in recent weeks. Namely Hector Olivera, 29, who doesn’t come with the same signing penalty that Moncada did, and has impressed in recent showcases.

Once the final details of Moncada’s contract with the Red Sox are ironed out, the club will have until July 15 to pay a 100 percent penalty tax because Moncada isn’t 23 years of age and hasn’t played at least five seasons in a Cuban professional league.

While his contract is certainly lucrative when considering his youth and inexperience, it falls short of the projections that were made just 10 days ago, including one of a $40 million signing bonus potentially coming from the Dodgers.

Although it would have come at a significant cost for the Dodgers — both financially and in being limited over the next two signing periods — Moncada was seen as an attractive move given his talent and the contracts of their infielders.

Howie Kendrick, Jimmy Rollins and Juan Uribe are entering the final years of their deals and conceivably could have been replaced by Moncada, Olivera and Corey Seager moving forward.

The Red Sox signing of Moncada comes six months after they signed fellow Cuban Rusney Castillo to a seven-year, $72.5 million contract.

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