Morning Marquee: Boston Red Sox land Cuban Yoan Moncada


The biggest player available has reportedly found a home, with the Boston Red Sox signing 19-year-old Cuban star Yoan Moncada to a record-breaking deal worth $31 million. After signing Rusney Castillo last season, the Sox continue their pursuit in the Cuban market with Moncada.

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Adding to the intrigue is the fact that John Farrell already has a plethora of outfielders with the likes of Hanley Ramirez, who is entering his first season in Boston, Shane Victorino and Daniel Nava. Don’t be shocked if the BoSox pull off a blockbuster trade this spring by relying on their surplus of outfielders.

For Chicago Cubs fans, expectations are still high with the team already at camp in Mesa. Yesterday, co-editor Nicholas Blazek delved into whether or not Javier Baez should open the year at Triple-A Iowa after he struck out in roughly half of his at-bats after he was promoted last season.

Texas Rangers infielder Jurickson Profar will miss the entire 2015 season with shoulder surgery, dealing a big blow to a club that was decimated by injuries last year. The team picked up Adrian Beltre‘s option, locking up the third baseman for the next two years – while in Florida, New York Yankees veteran Alex Rodriguez arrived to camp three days early ahead of what will no-doubt be a roller coaster of a ride this season as he returns from his season-long PED suspension.

Here’s more from around the league:

“‘Excited’ A-Rod reports to Yankees’ camp” – ESPN

“Should Baez open the year with Triple-A Iowa?” – Cubbies Crib

“Red Sox sign outfielder Yoan Moncada” – BoSox Injection

“Rangers pick up Beltre’s option” – Nolan Writin’

“It’s time to forgive Steve Bartman, Cubs fans” – Cubbies Crib

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