Red Sox watched Yoan Moncada under armed guards

February 23, 2015 - 4:17 am

It's safe to say there's never quite been a case like Cuban free agent infielder Yoan Moncada, whom the Red Sox worked out privately last week, according to a source, before agreeing on Monday to a deal that will pay the 19-year-old Cuban star a signing bonus of just over $30 million. General manager Ben Cherington met with James Hastings, the Florida CPA acting as Moncada's agent, at the workout. According to a source, Cherington also met with Hastings last week. Prior to that encounter, the Red Sox were one of the teams to watch Moncada's showcase in Guatemala, an event that included armed guards hired by Hastings to keep away rival agents, according to a source. Red Sox international scouting director Eddie Romero and senior VP of player personnel Allard Baird were the point men on the pursuit of Moncada, who was not eligible to sign a big league deal because he's a teen with fewer than five years experience in Cuba's professional league. Because the Red Sox will owe MLB the equivalent of his signing bonus, Moncada's price didn't soar like it could have had he been a true free agent, in which case the bidding could've surpassed $100 million.