Moncada working out for Padres, mixed reports on interest

Cuban prospect Yoan Moncada is reportedly working out for the Padres on Monday, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.

While Passan adds that San Diego “plans to be aggressive” in pursuing Moncada, a source tells MLB.com’s Corey Brock that the Padres might be done with their offseason spending spree after signing James Shields to a four-year, $75 million deal on Monday.

As for Moncada, the five-tool infielder is also believed to be receiving serious interest from at least 10 other teams — a list that includes the Dodgers, Yankees, Red Sox, A’s, Giants, Rangers, Cubs, Tigers, Phillies, and Cardinals. The Yankees, Red Sox and Dodgers have all been mentioned as potential frontrunners to land Moncada at various times this offseason.

Though naturally a shortstop, the 19-year-old phenom can also play second or third base. Along with bolstering the rotation by signing Shields on Monday, the Padres have already added Matt Kemp, Wil Myers and Justin Upton to their outfield corps this offseason.

While Moncada would just be the latest blockbuster move for the Padres this offseason, it’s unclear at this point whether or not the club is willing to spend big on yet another player after signing Shields.

— Paul Casella

4 Comments

muchos Pretendientes para Yoan moncada, pero nadie sale con un numero? que esta pasando? el penalty comenzó a pesar? o es que ya todos los Teams hicieron sus compras? moncada va a firmar, pero el que lo firma sabe el penal que va a pagar, y eso esta en la mente de cada un de los GM’s….si le dan 30 M son 60M…si le dan 25 M son 50M , si le dan 40M lo que se ha estado hablando, estaríamos hablando de un penal de $40 millones

Thanks for the info, but please check your sources. It has been widely publicized that shortstop is his weakest position and that he doesn’t feel comfortable there. His natural position is second base with a possible move to third or center. Sloppy fact finding. Please get it right. I see this type of misinformation on players a lot. If a schlub like me can get the scoop, so can you. Otherwise, good update, thanks.

If AJ somehow manages to sign Moncada he can run for Mayor of San Diego immediately!

Cigars all around for the winning front office.

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