According to MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez, Cuban teenage prospect Yoan Moncada has been declared a free agent by the Major League Baseball. The final issue is that he must still be unlocked by the U.S. Department of Treaasury Office of Foreign Assets Control before he can sign. Reports say that it is unclear how long the unlocking will take.
Source: Cuban teenage prospect Yoan Moncada has been declared a free agent by MLB. He still must be unblocked by OFAC before he can sign.
— Jesse Sanchez (@JesseSanchezMLB) November 15, 2014
MLB clubs and could command a deal worth between $30 and $40 million, industry officials told Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports.
“Moncada had a great workout, showing his five-tool potential,” one scout in attendance told MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo. “He is in great shape. Unfortunately, he was not able to hit off live game pitching. We will need to see him off of live pitching to command the top dollars they are looking for.”
The 19-year-old impressed 60-70 scouts during a running, batting and fielding workout in Guatemala on Wednesday.
The Yankees, Braves, Red Sox and Cubs all reportedly had four or more scouts watching Moncada, who played for Cuba’s top team of 15- and 16-year-old’s. As a 17-year-old, he played for Cienfuegos and hit .277 over two seasons where he played with Jose Abreu and Erisbel Arruebarrena. He was on the roster for the World Baseball Classic in 2017. He was cleared to be released by Cienfuegos earlier this year.