Top Cuban infield prospect Yoan Moncada has been officially cleared to sign with any MLB team. After being granted free agency status, Moncada can now negotiate with any of the 30 MLB teams who may inquire about her services. After seeing what other recent imports have accomplished in a short time in the big leagues, expect many teams to go after Moncada, although the top five clubs that may push to acquire Moncada include the Detroit Tigers, San Diego Padres, Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers. I would also expect teams including the Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Angels and Oakland Athletics to make a play to sign Moncada, but I feel that the first five clearly have the best shot at signing the 23-year-old infielder.
Moncada conducted a private workout for the Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers, Padres and Tigers, as well as the San Francisco Giants, Tamp Bay Rays, Texas Rangers and Milwaukee Brewers. Aside from the Cubs, there is also rumored interest from the St. Louis Cardinals and Philadelphia Phillies.
Many expect the Dodgers to flash a lot of cash and make a strong run to acquire Moncada. After seeing what Yasiel Puig has done, the Dodgers are hoping to strike lightning twice. We all know that the money is there, so it will just be a matter of personal preference with Moncada.
Speaking of money, we also know that the Yankees would have no issues shelling out for Moncada’s services. They have quite a few needs, and Moncada could certainly help boost a fledgling lineup, also while adding a solid glove in the infield.
The Red Sox also love to go after international players, and would see it as huge to sign Rusney Castillo and then Moncada within a matter of months. Castillo already got the call up to the big leagues shortly after the Red Sox signed him late in 2014.
As we have seen by each team’s moves, the Padres and Tigers have to also be seen as serious contenders. The Padres have already made a ton of offseason deals the past few months, and the Tigers are still in the all-in win-now mode, meaning you can never count them out when it comes to any player.