Thursday, January 14, 2016

Baseball America Dreams Up Wild Yoan Moncada Trade

Moncada (L); Matz (R)
We have a lot of respect for Baseball America—it's one of the most knowledgeable (and least pretentious) baseball resources around. But, a recent piece on hypothetical "prospect-for-prospect" trades had us scratching our collective head. BA's J.J. Cooper proposes a swap that would send blue-chip prospect Yoan Moncada to Flushing Meadows. The Red Sox have invested some serious change in Moncada (a total of $63 million) and see him as a future second baseman (his natural position) or a fleet outfielder. The kid has monster potential wherever he plays—he's that good. So, why would Dave Dombrowski ship him off for two Met prospects—even if the centerpiece is starting pitcher Steven Matz? Now, Matz (a LHP) is a premier young talent—but even with the "throw-in" of SS prospect Luis Carpio—this deal is way out-of-whack. Matz will be 25 years old in May and has just part of a year in the big leagues—albeit a solid year. In six starts for the Division-winning Metropolitans, he went 4-0 with a 2.27 ERA. But he seems "get-able" with a package of Sox prospects that are far less gold-encrusted than Moncada (who will turn just 21 in May). Interesting article—never happen.