As if we didn’t need another reason to feel good about the Red Sox offseason, minus letting Lester go to Chicago, the Sox just signed a player who might go with the 1st overall pick if he was in the draft this June. Yoan Moncada, 19, is reportedly signing with the Red Sox for what’s expected to be a $30 million signing bonus, although the contract hasn’t been officially signed yet.
This is obviously a huge move for the Sox, in part because it cuts the Yankees off at the knees. The Bronx Bombers have a farm system that is nowhere close to that of the Sox right now, and Moncada could have been a huge equalizer. But he’ll be in Boston for the next few years, because Ben Cherrington always feels like he can’t have a deep enough minor league system. Cherrington, and his predecessor, Theo Epstein, have started to adopt a foundation of stockpiling position players and then finding a few of the abundant pitching options on the market. Spending $88 million for Hanley Ramirez, $100 million for Pablo Sandoval, and $30 million for Yoan Moncada while passing up Jon Lester for around $150 million perfectly illustrates that point.
Moncada may very well end up being the everyday 3rd baseman in a few years for the Sox when Ortiz retires and Sandoval conceivably moves away from the hot corner because his 30+ year old body is getting older and fatter. That’s likely where he’ll end up, but the important part of this move is that positional availability is not the key concern. If the Red Sox felt that positional availability and not having too many cooks in the kitchen was even in the same zip code as a top concern, they wouldn’t have developed an outfield that might consist of Hanley Ramirez, Rusney Castillo, Shane Victorino, Brock Holt, Daniel Nava, Allen Craig, Jackie Bradley Jr., and Mookie Betts. Get good baseball players and worry about the rest later. That’s how the Sox thought of this one, and that’s why I love it. Fuck the Yankees.