Mets don’t view Cuban shortstop Yoan Moncada as realistic option “given their budget”


You probably could have assumed this one. Via’s Anthony DiComo …

Because of his age and lack of experience in a professional league, Moncada is subject to Major League Baseball’s international signing regulations — meaning the team that ultimately lands him will also have to shell out a ton of money in penalties. He’s expected to command a bonus in the $30-40 million range, and the total expenditure could climb near $80 million. That would shatter the previous record for an amateur player.

Moncada recently held private workouts with the Yankees and the Giants, and the Red Sox and Dodgers are also thought to be in serious pursuit of the 19-year-old infielder. Those teams have much looser purse strings than the Mets, who have been busy charging their own players to attend offseason workouts.