March 13, 2015 at 9:48 AM
The Red Sox announced on Thursday that they had signed Cuban infielder Yoan Moncada to a minor league contract, making the acquisition official 19 days after it was first reported. The team will reportedly introduce Moncada at a press conference today at 11:30 a.m.
Because he is just 19 and has not played at least five seasons in a foreign professional league, Moncada was signed to a minor league deal. His $31.5 million signing bonus is the highest ever for a minor league contract, shattering the prior record of $8.27 million given to Cuban pitcher Yoan Lopez by the Arizona Diamondbacks earlier this offseason.
The SoxProspects.com staff is looking forward to getting eyes on Moncada next week at Spring Training, so make sure to check back here at SoxProspects News for our first-hand scouting report on the Cuban phenom, as well as the SoxProspects Podcast, which covered the Moncada signing back in February.