John Henry likens Cuban signee Yoan Moncada to No. 1 overall pick

John Tomase
February 24, 2015 - 9:21 am
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Anyone wondering why the Red Sox are in the process of signing 19-year-old Cuban shortstop Yoan Moncada to a record $31.5 million signing bonus (with matching $31.5 million penalty payment to Major League Baseball), owner John Henry has an answer. In not so many words, Henry suggested Moncada is the equivalent of the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. "We've never had a No. 1 pick, and this is our 14th spring training," Henry said. "Would we pay up to get one? Yes." In today's game, young players are more valuable than ever, and Henry makes no apologies over the Red Sox' aggressiveness in targeting them. "We do our best to quantify risk," Henry said. "It's difficult to do, because predicting the performance of baseball players is an imperfect science. But you do your analysis and look at all of the other factors. ... I think we're more discerning than ever, despite what people might write this week. High-ceiling players, you have to take risks on, but especially young players."
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