Dodgers “shift attention to” Cuban infielder Yoan Moncada

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MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez shares this scoop …

(NOTE: Moncada has been labeled an infielder in every report we’ve seen; if the thinking on where he’ll play has changed, we haven’t seen it)

Lopez, a 21-year-old pitcher from Cuba, signed Tuesday with Arizona for a bonus of $8.25 million. Moncada, a 19-year-old infielder who is also a native of Cuba, is expected to command close to $40 million. And because of his age and lack of experience in a professional league, Moncada is subject to MLB’s international signing regulations — meaning the team that ultimately lands him will also have to pay a ton of money in penalties.

Moncada is waiting to be cleared for employment by the United States’ Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). He’s also being pursued by the Yankees and Red Sox. This bidding war is going to get wild.

Video: Starling Marte refuses to take first base after being hit by pitch

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Pirates outfielder Starling Marte was hit on the hand by a Jack Flaherty pitch in the fourth inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Cardinals. Rather than take first base, Marte — who came to the plate with a runner on first base — insisted to home plate umpire Bruce Dreckman that the ball hit the knob of the bat, not his hand. Marte was allowed to continue his at-bat, though manager Clint Hurdle came out to discuss the ruling with Dreckman. Marte eventually grounded into a fielder’s choice. He then got caught attempting to steal second base and the Pirates scored zero runs in the inning.

According to Baseball Prospectus, a team that has runners on first and second with no outs is expected to score 1.55 runs. Having a runner on first base with one out yields 0.56 expected runs. Marte essentially cost his team a run by rejecting first base. Oops.