Here’s Why the Mets Won’t Be Signing Yoan Moncada
In case you are not one of the Mets season-ticket holders who had the opportunity to hear Sandy Alderson’s explanation for why the Mets won’t be signing 19-year-old Cuban phenom Yoan Moncada, this is the pared-down reason:
For those who prefer a less-visual, more literal reason, this post from Craig Calcaterra puts it succinctly:
Moncada, 19, is expected to get a deal in the $30-40 million range.
For those who prefer a more verbose explanation — perhaps, for example, to be comforted with a litany of
excuses reasons to justify the Mets’ disinterest — you can see this story at Baseball America, which discusses things like the international bonus pool rules, overage taxes, blah blah blah. Ironically, BA concludes that story with a very similar statement:
Plenty of teams will be interested in signing Moncada. Most likely, it’s the richest ones that will be fighting it out for him.
If that’s not enough to put you at ease, Sandy Alderson also adds that the Mets have Amed Rosario, who is also a 19-year-old shortstop (and, duh, what organization needs more than one of those?).
Also of note: the current international bonus pool regulations could very well change at some point in the near future — especially if/when international players are included in the June amateur draft (or a separate draft for international players is initiated). Just sayin’.