Yoan Moncada Unlikely for Miami Marlins?


Earlier this month, we learned that the Miami Marlins could have interest in trying to sign Cuban sensation Yoan Moncada. The switch hitting star could have been the Marlins option for center field, if they ended up having to trade center fielder Marcell Ozuna, who is repped by agent Scott Boras and unlikely to sign an extension with the Marlins.

Another option for Moncada could have been to be the Marlins short stop of the future, as Adeiny Hechavarria has declined a contract extension from the Fish, making his future a little more cloudy with the franchise.

Unfortunately, it does not seem like the Marlins have a good chance to sign Yoan, as Jeff Passan (via Twitter) pointed out that with how the International Market is set up, teams with deeper pockets are better positioned to sign Moncada and pay his bonus, than smaller market teams.

The Marlins are not likely to go over $70 million for their payroll for the upcoming 2015 season. That makes the likelihood of them offering around half that money for a single player, who will not even be able to contribute in the 2015 season, highly unlikely.

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As Passan points out, teams like the Dodgers, Yankees, Red Sox, and even the Giants are better positioned to sign someone the caliber of Moncada, considering he’s subject to International Draft slot bonuses.

Moncada would be a wonderful add for the Marlins, as they have gutted their farm system this off-season to upgrade the major league roster. However, the issue for the team remains being a smaller market team, one that cannot dish out the same amount of cash the way the bigger markets can.

Over on our Rays Fansided site, Rays Colored Glasses, editor Robbie Knopf wrote a wonderful article on how the smaller market teams can even the market on players, such as Yoan Moncada. The article is a great read and definitely worth your time.