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Let the bidding begin 

 

Cashman needs to make this happen. 

Very exciting. Would love the Yankees to land this guy. It'll cost a pretty penny however, 100% tax. If the deal is for 40 million, it's really 80 million. 

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Report: Yoan Moncada free to sign with MLB

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 03, 2015 print.gif Print This Post | email.gif Email This Post

From Jeff Passan: Cuban prospect Yoan Moncada is now a free agent and able to sign with any team in Major League Baseball.

The timing is significant for the Yankees, who needed Moncada to be cleared before the summer to have any hope of signing him (because the Yankees blew past their international spending pool for this year, their spending will extremely restricted in the next international cycle). Moncada’s status has been in limbo for a while, but it’s well established that he’s an elite young talent with plenty of Major League interest.

The Yankees are routinely referred to as one of the favorites according to those who most closely follow the international market. It’s going to take a ton of money to sign him, perhaps more than $80 million.

Passan’s story has the full details of Major League Baseball and the U.S. Government going through several steps to actually make Moncada a free agent. It involves a certain license, and changes to U.S. policy, and Passan reports that MLB finally sent teams a memo today announcing that Moncada is free to sign. From the story:

Players who present sworn affidavits to Major League Baseball stating they are residents of another country, have no intention of returning to Cuba and are not Cuban government officials can sign with major league teams immediately, sources said. MLB distributed a memo to teams Tuesday afternoon outlining the changes.

It’s not only Moncada. This seems to open the door also for two other highly touted international infielders: Andy Ibanez and Hector Olivera. Moncada, though, is the standout. Upon signing, the 19-year-old will immediately become one of the top prospects in baseball. He’s not an immediate solution, though. Moncada would almost certainly open in the low minors. Even if all goes well, he could be another year or two from having an actual impact in the big leagues.

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I know he is an infielder, but what position does he play?

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I know he is an infielder, but what position does he play?

I believe he's a SS but scouts believe he's better suited for 2B or 3B, if I'm not mistaken.

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outfield is another option, though he obviously let him play SS until he proves he can't

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outfield is another option, though he obviously let him play SS until he proves he can't

Agreed. I personally think he's ultimately a second baseman.

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I believe he's a SS but scouts believe he's better suited for 2B or 3B, if I'm not mistaken.

 

I thought I read somewhere he is projected for 3rd.  He is a big kid 6' 210. 

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I thought I read somewhere he is projected for 3rd. He is a big kid 6' 210.

I guess it's still TBD. Either way dude can play, interested in seeing where he lands.

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Is he projected to be major league ready?

No, he's only 19 years old, so a year or two in the minors. Prolly start in High A

 

High-A (Tampa)

AA (Trenton)

AAA (Scranton-WB)

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I guess it's still TBD. Either way dude can play, interested in seeing where he lands.

 

I would guess Yankees or Dodgers.

 

I cannot see the Red Sox trying to outbid them. 

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I would guess Yankees or Dodgers.

I cannot see the Red Sox trying to outbid them.

There is an expectation among some executives that Oakland will take a run at Yoan Moncada -- as they did with Yoenis Cespedes.

11:12am - 4 Feb 15

Via Buster Olney Twitter

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NYY, Bos, LAD, Det are in on cuban prodigy yoan moncada. but scout said, "everyone will want to have a seat at the table.'

9:25am - 4 Feb 15

Via Jon Heyman Twitter

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There is an expectation among some executives that Oakland will take a run at Yoan Moncada -- as they did with Yoenis Cespedes.

11:12am - 4 Feb 15

Via Buster Olney Twitter

 

I would not mind that as the A's AAA team is based in Nashville and I could see him eventually.  I think the price is going to be too much for the A's.

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No, he's only 19 years old, so a year or two in the minors. Prolly start in High A

 

High-A (Tampa)

AA (Trenton)

AAA (Scranton-WB)

 

Oh wow.  Thanks for the update.

 

I like that you post here now, I get my Yankee updates pretty much entirely from you lol.

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Padres preparing an aggressive pursuit for Moncada.

They just c-blocked us from Shields although I hear Cashman thinks Capuano is a solid #2

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If there’s one thing this offseason has taught it, it’s that as soon as the Padres complete one big move, their sights apparently shift to another significant target. In this instance, on the heels of their agreement on a four-year deal with James Shields, the Padres are shifting their focus to Yoan Moncada. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Padres are having a private workout with Moncada today and plan to bid aggressively on the 19-year-old Cuban phenom.

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Cuban phenom Yoan Moncada will field offers over the coming two weeks and hopes to make a decision shortly thereafter, agent David Hastings told Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times today. “I’m hoping, certainly, that by the end of next week, we’ll have a much clearer picture of where he will sign,” said Hastings.

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No, he's only 19 years old, so a year or two in the minors. Prolly start in High A

 

High-A (Tampa)

AA (Trenton)

AAA (Scranton-WB)

 

Cuban 19 or regular 19?

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http://nypost.com/2015/02/19/yankees-give-cuban-phenom-moncada-secret-2nd-workout/

Yankees give Cuban phenom Moncada secret 2nd workout

By George A. King III - February 19, 2015 | 2:08am

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TAMPA — The Yankees took a second look at Yoan Moncada early Wednesday evening during a George M. Steinbrenner Field workout, The Post has learned.

Two people with knowledge of the situation confirmed the 19-year-old free agent, a switch-hitting infielder from Cuba, showcased his skills for the Yankees, who were intrigued enough to see him again.

The Yankees’ talent evaluators like Moncada, but the organization is leery of the money it might take to sign him. It has been speculated the second baseman could command a $30 million signing bonus. For the Yankees and Dodgers, who are among the teams with interest in Moncada — along with the Red Sox and Padres — a $30 million bonus would mean it would cost them $60 million because the Yankees and Dodgers have exceeded their international signing limits during this signing period that expires in July.

Wednesday’s workout could mean the Yankees want to make sure about Moncada before offering him a contract.

Agent David Hastings, who has spoken of getting his client signed by the opening of spring-training camps (Yankees position players report Feb. 25), was not available for comment Wednesday night concerning the circumstances surrounding the workout at Steinbrenner Field.

At only 19 (he turns 20 in May,) it’s highly unlikely Moncada will immediately be ready to play in the majors. Some speculate the 6-foot-2, 205-pounder would require two years in the minor leagues to finish his development.

Moncada hit .277 across two seasons in Cuba’s Serie Nacional, that country’s top league.

Yet, if a team gives Moncada the amount of money that has been speculated — the Dodgers according to an international scouting source are willing to go to $40 million — he will be expected to be in the big leagues sooner than most 19-year-old signees.

“He would have to start at Single-A and that is a lot of money for somebody to begin at that level,’’ an international scout said. “If he was in the draft he would be a first-round pick but that’s a long way from that type of money for a 19-year-old.’’

Monday, Hastings said he was looking to get Moncada with an organization shortly.

“We have let teams know that we are receptive to offers and it would like to be able to conclude this process as soon as possible,’’ he said.

If the Yankees view Moncada as a second baseman and sign him, it would impact Rob Refsnyder’s future. Until the Yankees signed free agent Stephen Drew, the plan was for Refsnyder, one of the Yankees’ top prospects, to get a chance to win the job in spring training.

Refsnyder, who hasn’t played in the big leagues, is likely to open the season at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Scouts are impressed with Refsnyder’s bat, but question if he has a position.

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http://nypost.com/2015/02/19/yankees-give-cuban-phenom-moncada-secret-2nd-workout/

Yankees give Cuban phenom Moncada secret 2nd workout

By George A. King III - February 19, 2015 | 2:08am

yoan2.jpg

TAMPA — The Yankees took a second look at Yoan Moncada early Wednesday evening during a George M. Steinbrenner Field workout, The Post has learned.

Two people with knowledge of the situation confirmed the 19-year-old free agent, a switch-hitting infielder from Cuba, showcased his skills for the Yankees, who were intrigued enough to see him again.

The Yankees’ talent evaluators like Moncada, but the organization is leery of the money it might take to sign him. It has been speculated the second baseman could command a $30 million signing bonus. For the Yankees and Dodgers, who are among the teams with interest in Moncada — along with the Red Sox and Padres — a $30 million bonus would mean it would cost them $60 million because the Yankees and Dodgers have exceeded their international signing limits during this signing period that expires in July.

Wednesday’s workout could mean the Yankees want to make sure about Moncada before offering him a contract.

Agent David Hastings, who has spoken of getting his client signed by the opening of spring-training camps (Yankees position players report Feb. 25), was not available for comment Wednesday night concerning the circumstances surrounding the workout at Steinbrenner Field.

At only 19 (he turns 20 in May,) it’s highly unlikely Moncada will immediately be ready to play in the majors. Some speculate the 6-foot-2, 205-pounder would require two years in the minor leagues to finish his development.

Moncada hit .277 across two seasons in Cuba’s Serie Nacional, that country’s top league.

Yet, if a team gives Moncada the amount of money that has been speculated — the Dodgers according to an international scouting source are willing to go to $40 million — he will be expected to be in the big leagues sooner than most 19-year-old signees.

“He would have to start at Single-A and that is a lot of money for somebody to begin at that level,’’ an international scout said. “If he was in the draft he would be a first-round pick but that’s a long way from that type of money for a 19-year-old.’’

Monday, Hastings said he was looking to get Moncada with an organization shortly.

“We have let teams know that we are receptive to offers and it would like to be able to conclude this process as soon as possible,’’ he said.

If the Yankees view Moncada as a second baseman and sign him, it would impact Rob Refsnyder’s future. Until the Yankees signed free agent Stephen Drew, the plan was for Refsnyder, one of the Yankees’ top prospects, to get a chance to win the job in spring training.

Refsnyder, who hasn’t played in the big leagues, is likely to open the season at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Scouts are impressed with Refsnyder’s bat, but question if he has a position.

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Sick to my stomach, and officially need a break from the Yankees..

 

They couldn't let this happen.

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