If you caught me watching film (what little I could find – thanks State Department) of Yoan Moncada playing baseball you would have seen the man-crush well up from my toes engulfing my entire being before I had a chance to hit replay. Yoan Moncada is a nineteen-year-old switch-hitting Demigod, a kid so talented he played and dominated on both the Cuban U sixteen & U eighteen national teams, at the same time. Calling Moncada a five-tool player is not a stretch, but I’m going to stretch that analogy. These tools are not the ones you and I may get from our kids on Fathers Day, they weren’t bought at the school store. This kid’s five tools are made by Craftsman – not Fingerhut. A middle infield glove I can only compare to Roberto Alomar, Run Ricky Run type speed and a bat that looks like a stinger-missal cutting thought the air and sounds like an explosion when he makes contact.
The Sox front office must feel as strongly about this kid as I do. In a time where PEDs no longer turn .300/17/100 All Stars into .330/37/140 Hall of Famers, they see enough to gamble $31.5 million dollars for Moncada and double down on the hand knowing they had to pay out the same dollar amount in Taxes (bloody democrats) totaling $63 million just for the potential. A kid this young and with this much upside, the “Bonus” money is a bargain.From the point he signs his name he will be held to the same rules governing any rookie drafted and singed by any club. And wages-wise, will have to climb the ladder like any of them. Control-Arbitration-Free Agency.
While International signings have been very very good to the Red Sox, Ben and Larry have seen the writing on the wall. This process is going to change. Like the lack of PEDs have shrunk the size of the forearms and biceps in MLB ranks.the International signings rule changes are going to level the field.
The international draft rules that will be implemented are coming sooner than later and the Sox won’t be able to flex their financial Muscle like this again. Free agency is not the game it used to be, teams are recognizing the need to keep their position players and are inking them to deals that take them well past their prime years at the plate. As I wrote when Boston inked fellow Cuban Rusney Castillo, this is the new money ball – until of course, everyone catches up or the powers that be change the rules again. But that’s the beauty of it – you can’t change the game – just the rules.
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