The Boston Red Sox reportedly have signed 19 year old Cuban shortstop Yoan Moncada. According to MLB.com. the switch hitting prospect agreed to a $31.5 million signing bonus.
Boston was always considered a main landing place for Moncada, and why not? It’s a great fit. The Red Sox have an array of young talent and the Cuban shortstop will now highlight that class. He will also join a familiar face in Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo. The Sox signed Castillo to a six-year $72.5 million dollar deal this past August.
Back in Cuba the switch hitting shortstop played in Cuba’s Serie Nacional, the island’s most competitive league, where the 6-foot-2 205 pound prospect hit .277 over two seasons. Moncada’s talents have been compared to that of All-Star second basemen Robinson Cano and scouts have raved about the youngsters talent, but this signing can mean much more to the Sox.
The amount of young and valuable talent that Boston has is unbelievable, between Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr., Henry Owens, Eduardo Rodriguez, Rusney Castillo, Xander Bogaerts and many more, it’s a bit overwhelming. So what will the Sox do with all this talent? The Red Sox lineup is crowded right now with veterans under contract and some young guys that have earned their stripes thus far. If the Red Sox use their resources properly, the biggest story to come out of the Moncada signing will be the trade that may follow it.
Boston needs pitching. Their rotation is up in the air right now, who’s their ace? Clay Buchholz? Rick Porcello? They need a legitimate front line starter and now they have extremely valuable pieces that are extremely expendable.
Cole Hamels now becomes relevant again to the Red Sox.The Phillies and Sox were in talks before about sending the Lefty to Boston but couldn’t agree on anything. The Red Sox were hesitant to give up catching prospect Blake Swihart before, but I would imagine after landing the most recent stud prospect out of Cuba, that has changed.
Phillies’ GM Ruben Amaro has said for him to move Hamels, he needs to ‘win the deal,’ meaning he wants to gut someones farm system. The winner of the Cole Hamels sweepstakes will also have to pay a large amount of his $96 million contract. Boston can do both. They have the necessary resources to land Hamels and solidify themselves as a scary contender. Hamels has also been on record saying that he would gladly waive his no trade clause to join the Sox.
The trade would make a lot of sense for both clubs. Red Sox land an ace that has pitched under the spotlight and in big games before, and Philadelphia continues their rebuild process while also unloading a big contract. Amaro may have finally found his perfect suitor. It’ll be interesting to see what Boston does from here on out.