Right now, on paper, the Yankees lost big and the Red Sox made a major move signing Yoan Moncada. According to reports and we'll go with Joel Sherman of the New York Post on this one:
Can confirm Moncada to #Redsox. Hear he is getting $31.5MJesse Sanchez of MLB.com had the initial report.
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) February 23, 2015
The Yankees quickly did their spin after the signing, as I predicted they would. AS ESPN put it, "Yankees didn't think Yoan Moncada was worth the risk". Marchand writes:
There was a feeling from some that Moncada wanted to be a Yankee, team viewed it as too risky to spend a total of $60M-$70M for a prospectOK. A 19 year old is a "risk"? Makes no sense to me. You know what a risk is? Stephen Drew.
— Andrew Marchand (@AndrewMarchand) February 23, 2015
Mike O'Hara, one of BYB's top writers put this out earlier today:
@BleednYankeeBlu but we signed Drew...I mean we're all set. He hits in the high .100s and plays 2nd...though he is a shortstop...forget it.He couldn't be closer to the truth. Yankeeland is angry and once again, the Yankees look dysfunctional. Sure, maybe you don't want to spend $60 million on a broken down 31 year old free agent, because, what happens next is usually a broken down player and wasted money.
— Mike O'Hara (@mikeyoh21) February 23, 2015
But what's the harm in spending that on a 19 year old who's projected to be the real deal? The Yankees need to wake up... because their reasoning for how they are choosing players these days is idiotic.
I want to leave you with this...
Baseball America's Ben Badler writes: "Once Moncada passes a physical and his contract becomes official, he will rank as the No. 10 prospect in baseball, making him Boston’s new No. 1 prospect."
Well... good for the Red Sox. I'm no Sox fan, but I swear, I want to see Moncada do amazing things so maybe they'll shake up Yankee brass a bit.
This was a blown call... the Yanks need to answer to the fans. In fact, I insist.
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