Thursday, February 19, 2015

Yoan Moncada Wants To Be A 'Franchise' Player

Yoan Moncada
19-year old Cuban phenom Yoan Moncada will likely get a contract between $40 and $50 million in the next week or so (not counting a potential 100% tax penalty on teams like the Yankees and Red Sox). It looks like the two AL East rivals are the main potential landing spots for Moncada—although the Dodgers and (the weirdly active) Padres seem also in the mix. Moncada has stated through his agent that he wants to be a one-team, "franchise" player for his whole career— a refreshing concept from such a young kid. While he's a natural second-baseman (a potential roadblock in Boston), he is a good enough athlete that he could play anywhere. You will never be hearing Eddie Andleman-like comments such as: "Where would we play Yoan Moncada?". The Empire clearly has an opening at second base—so they may over-pay to get him. But the Red Sox should aggressively pursue this kid—if for no other reason than to keep him out of the Bronx. Bid up, Ben!