MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez shares this scoop …
Source: #Dodgers aggressively pursued Yoan Lopez but came up short. Will now shift attention to OF Yoan Moncada. Expect a private workout.
— Jesse Sanchez (@JesseSanchezMLB) January 13, 2015
(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.