Red Sox plan to sign another Cuban, Yoan Moncada's mentor

John Tomase
February 23, 2015 - 7:53 pm
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According to agent David Hastings, in addition to Yoan Moncada, the Red Sox also plan to sign Cuban outfielder Carlos Mesa, whom Hastings describes as Moncada's mentor. The 27-year-outfielder spent three years in the Pirates system (2011-13), advancing as far as High A. He's a lifetime .215 hitter in 327 games, and also pitched for one season in his native Cuba. He played in 14 games for the New Jersey Jackals of the Canadian-American Association, batting .204 with a homer. "Carlos is a player I showcased along with Yoan from the very beginning," Hastings said by phone on Monday night. "He's been a mentor to Yoan. He's an important piece of the whole package, in my opinion. It was not presented as a deal breaker, but he tried out every single time Yoan did, and he's impressive. The team saw value in him and offered him a contract." Hastings said Mesa will sign a minor-league deal.

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