|Regardless of his ultimate position in the major leagues, Yoan Moncada makes every organization significantly better.|
If you have not yet read about teenage phenom Yoan Moncada, the skinny on him is that he is good at baseball. Really good at it.
Fast, powerful, muscle-bound, and dripping with tools scouts dream about, the Cuban shortstop will soon be stateside and holding showcases for interested teams. Recent reports echo sentiments from early in the winter: He will probably end up signing with the Yankees, Red Sox, or Dodgers. Who cares if they need him. The best international player on the market and potentially the most highly regarded international amateur ever at this stage must go to one of those teams. 29 teams will miss out on this guy. Despite flaws that some see in his game and despite the astronomical cost and tax it will take to sign him, he makes 30 out of 30 organizations stronger.
The Mets should be in on Moncada. And I don't mean being interested, doing their due diligence, then, knowing the price tag, predictably bowing out. I mean they need to be majorly in on this guy, only losing out if a team exceeds reasonable value by astronomical percentages. I see a real possibility that a certain team bids insanely high to ensure getting him (again, his talent is that impressive) and the Mets miss out. However, short of that, the Mets have to get this guy. Is there another team in baseball with more need at shortstop and worse depth at the position?
I understand the counterarguments:
- The Mets do not have that sort of money.
- Moncada will probably have to start in high-A or double-A and spend at least a year in the minors.
- He will cost 40 million+ plus another 40 million+ in signing bonus overages.
- The Mets will only be able to spend 300k on international free agents in the following season's signing period.
- Moncada is, after all, an amateur prospect and those do not always work out. It's considerable money for an unknown.
I don't care. About any of it. Even if Moncada is not a shortstop, this is a player compared to a young Alex Rodriguez. Albert Pujols. Robinson Cano. Take your pick. He could DH and still be a major impact. Remember what I said about him making 30 out of 30 organizations better? It's true, and that is why teams with plenty of middle infield depth are in on this guy.
I am tired of the Mets missing out on needed talent because of finances. While I understand there were restrictions post-Madoff and that there is debt from the stadium and SNY projects but to the same token, the Mets are an extremely profitable team with an insanely profitable network in the nation's largest market that has been running a fractional payroll for four years now. I cannot believe there still isn't the flexibility to spend 80 million on a franchise player.
From the scouts I respect the most, the video I have seen (there is not much), and decent consensus, Moncada is a shortstop and he is probably not far away from the bigs. This plays into the timetable just fine, giving Wilmer Flores a year of evaluation. If Moncada is not a shortstop, Daniel Murphy is a free agent at the end of the year anyway. Welcome to second base, young Yoan.
I do not like throwing wild predictions out there about a 19-year-old kid few of us have actually seen play but given the potential for such impact, jaw-dropping, A-Rod-esque, franchise-changing talent, you have to get this guy. Do not let the Yankees outbid you. Do not let the Red Sox sneak in and seal the deal. Do not let the Dodgers and their bottomless pockets defeat you. Yoan Moncada is a must-sign.
Go get him.