Yoan Moncada will reportedly sign with the Yankees' rival.
TAMPA, Fla. -- 19-year-old Yoan Moncada will be well-acquainted with the New York Yankees this season, but it seems he will wear a Red Sox uniform rather than pinstripes. The switch-hitting infielder is reportedly close to signing with Boston.
However, a contract has yet to be inked, according to Moncada's agent David Hastings. "We're still working out the language; it needs to be agreed to by all parties," Hastings told ESPN this morning. "I'm anticipating we're going to be able to sign."
The total investment in the young Cuban by the Red Sox will be approximately $63 million with a $31.5 million bonus. New York made a push for the youngster, but the price soared too high for Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman.
"We scouted him extensively and obviously engaged with his agents," Cashman said. "We made our final and best [offer] yesterday and we were told that it wasn't going to be good enough. Obviously we were waiting to hear where he was going to be going. It sounds like he's going to Boston."
After working out with the Yankees, the feel was Moncada would make an excellent 2nd or 3rd baseman in the Majors. "I don't think anybody disagrees with the ability," Cashman said. "I would doubt there's any disagreement on the scouting assessment of the player. It just comes down to how much money you're willing to commit. As I said, we put our best foot forward yesterday. It was a significant offer, but it fell short of where he's rumored to have signed."
In addition to the Bronx Bombers and Red Sox, the Dodgers, Cubs, Rangers, Padres, Giants, Tigers, Braves, Brewers, Rays and Angels were in the mix. All these squads reportedly scouted Moncada and/or invited him in for a meet-and-greet plus workout.
"You knew it was going to be aggressive," Cashman said. "It felt like two teams at the very least were obviously battling it out, and one of those two teams was obviously Boston. And Boston, it looks like, secured him."