Did Phillies Offer Moncada Deal? Amaro Keeps Quiet

moncadaThe Phillies could have used a talented prospect like Cuban infielder Yoan Moncada in their system.

The Phillies said they had interest, but how much is uncertain.

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said today the organization had contact with Moncada’s agent until Monday, when MLB.com reported Moncada agreed to a record-breaking $31.5 million contract with the Red Sox.

Did the Phillies offer him a contract?

“I’m not going to get into it,” Amaro said.

Moncada is under 23 and had not played five years in the Cuban professional league, which put him under different amateur guidelines than Cuban outfielder Yasmany Thomas, who signed a $68.5 million deal in December with Arizona. Under Moncada’s guidelines, the Red Sox must pay a 100 penalty because they surpassed their annual international bonus allotment. In essence, they paid $63 million for the 19-year-old prospect.

The Red Sox also cannot spend more than $300,000 on any international player for the next two signing period (2015-16 and 2016-17). Of course, if Moncada lives up to the hype (many compare him to Robinson Cano) he would be worth it.

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Red Sox must pay a 100 penalty? I’m sorry, but I’m not getting this… Could someone please explain? Thanks!

supposed to say 100% penalty.. meaning if they sign him for $30 million they incur a $30 million penalty.. so total outlay would be $60 million

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What is wrong with Amaro? Yes he took the Phillies to a couple WS winning one. If I were the Phils owners, President of Operations or even fans, I would be asking, what have you done lately to earn your paycheck?
He has let the Phillies get old, without trading for youth. Lee, Howard, Utley now do not have much value, except on Payday. What can he get back during their declining years? Not alot, but does he take what he can or continue to pay the high salaries?
How has he rated during the Draft the last few years? Has he signed any notable International Free Agents?
Now there is Cole Hamels, he has value. The problem there is if he is traded, he is insisting the trading club take on the rest of Hamels 92 Million plus salary and insisting on the trading teams top three or four prospects.
What club would do that? So what are the options now? (1) Continue to pay Cole a very high salary to pitch on a club that wont compete, let him get a little older as his value declines. (2) Hope like heck he dont hurt his arm, therefore no value. (3) Or be reasonable, get a couple of good prospects, get rid of the salary & start rebuilding.
Amaro is destroying the Phillies, now and for future seasons to come.

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