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  • Baseball America: 'If Moncada were eligible for the 2015 draft, he'd be the #1 pick."
    Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com reported that the deal's completion and confirmation are a few days away and that Moncada will likely start in Single-A.

    Moncada is expected to report to Red Sox camp Monday, per Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe.

    MLB officially declared Moncada a free agent on November 15. At 19 years old, Moncada has more youth on his side than recent Cuban imports Yoenis Cespedes (26 when he signed), Jose Abreu (26) and Yasiel Puig (21). He's also slightly younger than Jorge Soler was when he signed with the Chicago Cubs (20).

    In other words, Moncada will likely need time to develop and should have a longer track record, if he reaches his full potential than Cespedes or Abreu.

    Moncada was subject to the international bonus pool because he's under the age of 23 with fewer than five years of experience in a professional league, as Passan noted in November. That's why the money might not seem like it matches Moncada's special talents.

    Sanchez went on to further explain the reported deal:

    Because he is not yet 23 years old and did not play in a Cuban professional league for at least five seasons, Moncada is subject to MLB's international signing guidelines, under which each team is allotted a $700,000 and an additional bonus pool based on the team's record the previous year to be used during the international signing period. The current period started July 2 and ends on June 15.

    According to those guidelines, clubs are penalized during the upcoming 2015-16 signing period if they exceed their bonus pools by certain amounts. The Red Sox had already exceeded their bonus pool before this signing and been given the maximum penalty. It's a severe measure that includes a 100-percent tax on their pool overages and prohibits them from signing any pool-eligible player for more than $300,000 during the next two signing periods. Including the penalty for exceeding their bonus pool, Moncada's deal will cost the Red Sox approximately $60 million (bonus plus penalty).

    The Red Sox have until July 15 to pay the overage tax and up to three years to pay out Moncada's bonus.

    Scouts have raved about Moncada for months. In August 2014, Ben Badler of Baseball America wrote that if the teenager were eligible for the 2015 draft, he would be in the mix for the No. 1 pick. :applaud:

    How good is Moncada? He has more upside than Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo, who just reached a $72.5 million deal with the Red Sox. He’s better than Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas, who’s in the Dominican Republic but is still likely several months away from free agency. If Moncada were eligible for the 2015 draft, he would be the No. 1 overall pick.

    Several teams, including the New York Yankees, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres, were in the race to land Moncada. Joel Sherman of the New York Post shared details of the Yankees' offer, which lost out to the Red Sox's.

    "Yankees offered $25M with willingness to go to $27M which is same offered Jorge Soler who went to #Cubs for $30M," Sherman noted. He went on to compare Moncada's reported deal to Alex Rodriguez's remaining contract: "So with tax, #Redsox will pay $63M to Moncada or about what #Yankees owe A-Rod ($61M) for the next 3 yrs."

    For the record, Yasmany Tomas signed a six-year, $68.5 million contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks at the winter meetings. For Moncada to already be in that company at his age speaks volumes about his raw talent. Whether he is able to live up to those expectations remains to be seen, but he should have the time and support system to develop.

    Due to his hype, opponents will test Moncada on his journey to The Show, but there's no reason to think the American stage will be too big for the young man.

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    • It's Almost That Time Again!




      I found this on Facebook . . . :joking: -

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      • ..................................................
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        • Opening Day @ Cleveland, postponed!
          & :dismay:


          Last edited by KenFougere; 04-04-2016, 03:28 PM.
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          • I was sent this pic from my friend, Mike Acquaviva‎ on Facebook and I thought I'd share it!

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            • 4/29/16: Papi's go-ahead homer lifts Red Sox to win over Yankees

              
              The players get along — even Alex Rodriguez and David Ortiz these days. The teams haven't been good at the same time in a while. The faces have changed and ones that remain prefer business over personal.

              And Friday night probably did as much to reinvigorate the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry as a microwave does for filet mignon.

              Still, there were glimpses of the old days, the clearest Ortiz's two-run, go-ahead home run in the eighth inning that sank that Yankees, 4-2, before an announced sell-out crowd of 37,115 at Fenway Park.

              The defeat meant the Yankees squandered another good Masahiro Tanaka start and lost for the fourth time in five games.

              And while it may be too soon to watch the standings too closely, it's hard to ignore that the Yankees (8-13) were shoved deeper into the American League East cellar. They trail first-base Baltimore, which won Friday, by six games.




              TURNING POINT


              Ortiz, who will retire at season's end, has spent his career haunting the Yankees. It continued when he deposited reliever Dellin Betances' hanging 83-mph curveball over the wall in left-center field. The blast drew huge cheers from the Red Sox faithful, which changed into a chant that started with Yankees Suck.


              Last edited by KenFougere; 04-30-2016, 02:10 AM. Reason: Yankees Suck!
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              • I Love New York!

                Clean Sweep into First Place !

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                • the Green Monster™ in New York City?

                  The storied Red Sox-Yankees rivalry resumes this weekend at Yankee Stadium!

                  What happened when we painted the Green Monster™ in New York City?

                  Take a look:

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                  • Has Hal sold the team yet? I'm avoiding the newspaper... sportscenter... the ballpark... YES network... :clown:

                    BTW, I had to avoid BBF for a bit... and prevent any stupid wagers on my behalf before the season started.
                    WORLD CHAMPIONS!

                    1923 • 1927 • 1928 • 1932 • 1936 • 1937 • 1938 • 1939 • 1941 • 1943

                    1947 • 1949 • 1950 • 1951 • 1952 • 1953 • 1956 • 1958 • 1961 • 1962


                    1977 • 1978 • 1996 • 1998 • 1999 • 2000 • 2009

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                    • Wizzel!

                      Originally posted by YankeeMan View Post
                      Has Hal sold the team yet? I'm avoiding the newspaper, sportscenter... the ballpark... YES network... :clown:

                      BTW, I had to avoid BBF for a bit... and prevent any stupid wagers on my behalf before the season started.
                      - Every year, with the exception of '04,'07, & '13, I had endure your relentless wrath during the season & off season. But not you. You go hide in the closet and cover yourself with your favorite childhood blanky...
                      You chicken-s h i t wessel!! :chainsaw:

                      Last edited by KenFougere; 06-03-2016, 09:32 AM. Reason: Rub it in so hard, he bleeds!
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                      • Oh, wo is the Pinstripes!

                        Originally posted by YankeeMan View Post
                        Has Hal sold the team yet? I'm avoiding the newspaper, sportscenter, the ballpark & YES network... :clown:

                        BTW, I had to avoid BBF for a bit... and prevent any stupid wagers on my behalf before the season started.



                        Now I'm actually starting to feel P-I-T-Y for those Pinstripes!


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                        Again, be sure to check out the run-differential!



                        Can't say they're not trying to beat someone . . .
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                        • Could retire having his best season EVER!




                          And here Ortiz is, halfway home in his swan song, with a .332 average, second behind only Houston's Jose Altuve (.341).
                          But the Red Sox don't pay Ortiz to hit for average. They pay him for production, and he leads the Major Leagues in doubles (34), slugging percentage (.682), OPS (1.108) and extra-base hits (57).
                          The home run allowed Ortiz to break his own team record for the most extra-base hits prior to the All-Star break, one he set back in 2004.
                          "He did everything but record an out in the field," Red Sox lefty David Price said. "He's done everything, even with a couple of triples and stolen bases. It is pretty special. Even when he gets out, he hits the ball hard. It's been fun to watch. We just hope he keeps it going."
                          For Ortiz, this is 40.
                          "Maybe people will stop thinking playing at 40 is bad," Ortiz said. "It's good. I'm fine. I feel like I'm 30. I feel good right now."
                          Ortiz doesn't seem to be slowing down. The homer on Sunday -- a two-run shot over the Green Monster -- was his third in the last four games.
                          "You know me," Ortiz said. "I'm always better in the second half."
                          Why would the Red Sox doubt him after the way he has hit all season?
                          "It was great," said right fielder Mookie Betts, another Red Sox All-Star. "Can't ask for anything more. He did everything, plus some. I think we all know that he's going to continue to do what he always does."
                          Backed by Ortiz, the Red Sox are 49-38 and just two games back in the American League East.
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                          • AL Wild Card update




                            I think, {or hope}, the American League Wild Card will come from the East Division.

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                            • Well, since a certain someone retired, I can now start enjoying baseball again...

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                              Now if I can just get Hal to sell the team.
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                              1923 • 1927 • 1928 • 1932 • 1936 • 1937 • 1938 • 1939 • 1941 • 1943

                              1947 • 1949 • 1950 • 1951 • 1952 • 1953 • 1956 • 1958 • 1961 • 1962


                              1977 • 1978 • 1996 • 1998 • 1999 • 2000 • 2009

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                              • I only celebrate World Championships and Ive done it 7 times in baseball!

                                Oh, and I was just wondering, do SUX FANS celebrate when the team makes the wildcard playoffs?
                                WORLD CHAMPIONS!

                                1923 • 1927 • 1928 • 1932 • 1936 • 1937 • 1938 • 1939 • 1941 • 1943

                                1947 • 1949 • 1950 • 1951 • 1952 • 1953 • 1956 • 1958 • 1961 • 1962


                                1977 • 1978 • 1996 • 1998 • 1999 • 2000 • 2009

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