Drew Smyly

The Boston Red Sox have signed 19-year-old infielder Yoan Moncada. The international free agent will get a $31.5 million signing bonus. However, because the Red Sox went over their international bonus limit, the signing will actually cost them $63.0 million between the bonus and the tax.

The signing impacts the Rays because they had shown interest even if there was almost no chance of them landing the player. However, that is not why Drew Smyly is upset.

What Smyly is talking about, obviously, is the draft process which American players are subjected to but international players are not.

This is a problem, but it is almost certainly going to change in the near future. New commissioner Rob Manfred has made it clear that he wants to institute an international draft and it will probably be here sooner, rather than later.


  • Stuart Sternberg says Rays will start looking for a new stadium site by 2022 even if they don’t receive permission from St. Pete. This makes sense since the contract with St. Pete expires in 2027 and it takes about 5 years to get a stadium deal done and the stadium built. [TampaBay.com]
  • A fascinating article on Alex Rodriguez. For once he comes off as human. A flawed human to be certain, but still human, and not scripted like he has been in the past. [ESPN the Magazine]
  • The Bucs drafting Jameis Winston is now being described as a “virtual certainty.” [JoeBucsFan]
  • Unless you subscribe to the theory that Lovie Smith is just blowing smoke about Jameis Winston. [TheMMQB.com]




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