Red Sox Podcast: Is Cuban Prospect Yoan Moncada The Next Robinson Cano?


February 23, 2015

Editor’s note: The following podcast was recorded Sunday night, before the Red Sox reportedly agreed to a contract with Yoan Moncada.

Happy but never satisfied.

Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington recently used the expression with regard to his team’s roster. The GM showed Monday he wasn’t lying by reportedly agreeing to a contract with Cuban prospect Yoan Moncada.

Moncada’s deal reportedly is worth $31.5 million, which means Boston is on the hook for $63 million, as the Red Sox need to pay a 100 percent tax to Major League Baseball because they blew past their international bonus pool for 2014. It’s obviously a major investment, especially with Moncada turning only 20 in May, but the opportunity was too good to pass up. Red Sox beat writer Ricky Doyle caught up with Baseball America’s Ben Badler on Sunday — hours before reports of Moncada’s deal surfaced — to discuss the switch-hitting infielder. Badler also shared some insight on Baseball America’s top 100 prospects list, which features seven Red Sox farmhands.
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