Yoan Moncada Rumors: Latest Buzz and Speculation on Cuban Star

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor I

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Yoan Moncada reportedly has agreed to terms with the Boston Red Sox. Other teams, including the New York Yankees, San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Dodgers, Tampa Bay Rays and Chicago Cubs had been linked to the 19-year-old Cuban infielder.

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Moncada, Red Sox Reportedly Agree to Terms

Monday, Feb. 23

Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reported Monday that "Cuban INF prospect Yoan Moncada agrees with Red Sox on a deal in $30 million range," citing a source.

On Feb. 13, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported that Moncada could get a deal worth $40 million to $50 million. 

On Feb. 21, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported the Red Sox, Yankees and Padres were among the perceived favorites to land Moncada:

The Yankees, Red Sox and Padres are perceived by some executives as the favorites to sign Cuban wunderkind infielder Yoan Moncada, with the Dodgers "lurking," and the Brewers and others possibly still in the picture as the well-watched derby heads toward a conclusion.

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The Yankees are said to "love Moncada," not a surprise since they've had three private workouts with him, according to the New York Post. A Yankees person said he heard the Red Sox are "all over" Moncada, to which a Red Sox person responded by citing stories recounting the Yankees' recent reported workouts, which involved even ownership.

Following Heyman that day, Bleacher Report's Scott Miller reported Moncada was fielding final offers from multiple teams. 


Moncada Works Out for Dodgers

Thursday, Feb. 12

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported that Moncada worked out in front of a number of Dodgers team executives on Thursday.

Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com first reported that Moncada planned to work out for three teams, one of which is the Dodgers.


Moncada to Work Out for Cubs, Dodgers, Diamondbacks; Hopes to Sign by End of Feb.

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reported that Moncada planned to work out for three teams and hopes to have a deal done by the end of the month:

The Cubs, Dodgers and D-backs are all expected to watch Moncada work out in Florida this week. The Padres conducted a private workout for him on Monday.

Teams were recently informed that Moncada intends to complete all private workouts by Feb. 23. The teenage infielder is expected to sign with a club in the days after his final workout. 


Padres Face 'Very Steep Challenge' on Moncada

Tuesday, Feb. 10

The San Diego Padres have already expressed interest in Moncada, but Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported on Tuesday that they have some obstacles to overcome to land the Cuban star, including a penalty that would have to be paid in a lump sum. Rosenthal added some specifics:

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reported on Monday that San Diego worked out Moncada and plans to be "aggressive" in bidding for his services. 


Moncada Expected to Field Offers in Next Two Weeks

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Yoan Moncada is planning on signing with a team soon, according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times:

Cuban prospect Yoan Moncada is expecting to field contract offers over the next two weeks and could sign with a team soon after, his agent said Tuesday.

'I’m hoping, certainly, that by the end of next week, we’ll have a much clearer picture of where he will sign,' said Moncada’s Florida-based representative, David Hastings.

'I’m kind of hoping we’re at the final end of the process. I hope I will be able to get Yoan into a team’s spring-training practice as soon as possible.'

On Feb. 4, Moncada made it clear he wanted to sign with a major league team as soon as possible.


Moncada Officially Free Agent

Tuesday, Feb. 3

According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, Yoan Moncada has become a free agent:

Buster Olney of ESPN reports that some teams consider the Dodgers the favorites to land the 19-year-old. 

The news was expected, as Passan reported Jan. 27 that the young infielder wouldn't need an unblocking license.


Moncada Works Out With Rays

Thursday, Jan. 28

Yoan Moncada held a private workout with the Tampa Bay Rays today, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.


Moncada Permitted to Start Negotiations With MLB Teams Soon

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Star Cuban prospect Yoan Moncada is close to becoming a free agent after it was determined he no longer needs a specific unblocking license from the Office of Foreign Asset Controls.    

Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan first reported the news, noting that the highly coveted 19-year-old infielder could potentially start negotiations with MLB teams in two weeks. Because teams will have to essentially pay double for the already expensive youngster, Passan believes the big-money clubs are the favorites:

The New York YankeesBoston Red SoxLos Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs remain the favorites for Moncada, major league sources said, particularly because the team that signs him will need to pay nearly a dollar-for-dollar penalty on his bonus. For every dollar a team spends over its allotted international bonus pool between July 2, 2014, and June 15, 2015, it is taxed an equal amount.

According to Passan, there is more hype surrounding Moncada than there was for talented compatriots such as Yasiel Puig, Jose Abreu, Aroldis Chapman and Yoenis Cespedes. Baseball America's Ben Badler added that he has more upside than Rusney Castillo and is better than Yasmany Tomas, suggesting he would be in contention for the No. 1 overall pick if eligible for the 2015 draft. 

All of that is incredibly high praise, but by all indications, Moncada is worth it. Standing at 6'0" and 210 pounds at the age of the 19, the switch-hitting infielder is a legitimate five-tool talent. 

ESPN The Magazine's Molly Knight puts the Los Angeles Dodgers as her favorite to acquire the young prospect:

You can expect a handful of teams to be equally aggressive, as Moncada will almost assuredly break the signing bonus record recently set by Yoan Lopez. 

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