Sox sign Cuban prospect Moncada
By Peter Santo
Earlier this week the Red Sox added to their growing stockpile of young position players by signing Cuban free agent Yoan Moncada. The Sox and Moncada agreed to a deal worth 31.5 million dollars.
The Red Sox decided to spend big again this offseason with paying Moncada an astounding amount, especially considering he is an unproven rookie and probable minor leaguer. However many believe that Moncada would’ve been drafted in the top five overall had he been eligible for the MLB draft.
The Red Sox have never held the number one overall pick in the MLB draft, so signing this kind of young talent in free agency makes sense.
Moncada, a switch hitting power hitter and a terrific athlete, has mainly played second base throughout his young career, but could play a range of infield positions and maybe even develop into an outfielder;
Moncada will join fellow Cuban Sox player Rusney Castillo, although Moncada only being nineteen will mean he will most likely spend one or two seasons in the minor leagues.
The Red Sox hope Moncada can become the next Cuban star in a league quickly filling up with All Stars from Cuba such as Jose Abreu, Yasiel Puig, and Yoenis Cespedes.
The question now becomes where does Moncada fit within the Red Sox solid group of young talent and newly acquired free agents? Only time will tell.
While this may end up being a very good signing long term, this doesn’t do much to increase the Sox chances of winning a very weak American League East this season.
Sox fans are still waiting for GM Ben Cherington to acquire an ace to replace Jon Lester, and will certainly have their eyes on pitchers like Cole Hamels and Jordan Zimmerman as the season progresses.
Jackson Posnik also contributed to this report