Cuban slugger Yasmany Tomas commanded a $68.5 million contract from the Diamondbacks in November and Yoan Moncada has been drawing most of the headlines lately, but Hector Olivera appears poised to beat his fellow countrymen at the signing table.
According to Peter Gammons of MLB Network and MLB.com, there are “five teams over $70 million” on the 29-year-old Olivera, who was a .323/.407/.505 hitter in 10 seasons with Asvispas de Santiago of Cuba’s Serie Nacional. Olivera played primarily at second base in Cuba, but the Dodgers — who are known to have serious interest — would likely ask him to play third base. The Braves, Giants, Athletics, Padres, Rangers, and Yankees are some of the other clubs that have been connected to him.
Olivera is still waiting to be cleared for MLB free agency, though that should be coming soon.
We have been hearing about Cuban infielder Yoan Moncada for months, but it sounds like the situation is finally getting close to a resolution:
Moncada, 19, was officially declared a free agent by MLB last week. One MLB executive told FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal earlier this week that he expects Moncada to ultimately land a bonus in the $40-50 million range. Whoever signs Moncada will have to pay a 100 percent tax for exceeding their allotted international bonus pool, so the total outlay to sign him could be in the range of $80-100 million.
Teams like the Dodgers, Red Sox, and Yankees are considered the favorites to land the switch-hitter, but he has also had private workouts with the likes of the Padres, Tigers, Giants, Rangers, Rays, and Brewers. Barring something unexpected, we can eliminate the Rangers and Cubs from the mix, as they exceeded their respective international bonus pools for the 2012-2013 signing period, and can’t offer Moncada more than $250,000 until the next signing period begins later this summer.
Chris Cotillo reports that Luke Scott is working out for some major league teams today.
Scott is 36 and, last time we heard anything about him, he was being kicked off his Korean team, SK Wyverns, after verbally berating his team’s coach, calling him a “liar” and a “coward” following a dispute regarding Scott being placed on the disabled list.
Scott hit .241/.326/.415 with nine home runs and 40 RBI in 91 games the Rays in 2013. He’s 36 now and is a .258/.340/.481 career hitter who can only play a corner or DH. I doubt he gets anything more than a courtesy invite, and may more likely be slated for an independent league team if he wants to continue playing.
Cuban infielder Yoan Moncada is able to sign with any team now after officially being declared a free agent by MLB and Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Padres are preparing to make a strong push for him.
San Diego’s entire offseason has been filled with headline-grabbing moves, including signing James Shields to a four-year, $75 million contract that figures to be announced shortly.
Moncada has held private workouts for interested teams and the 19-year-old is expected to land a big contract, perhaps in excess of $40 million. And by signing him for that type of money teams would forfeit their ability to spend significant bonuses on international prospects for the next couple seasons. According to Passan the Padres “are working out Moncada today.”