“We’re pretty much at our budget,” Brian Sabean said in response to the second question he faced at today’s Media Day interview about the Giants no longer considering “big ticket” acquisitions heading into the 2015 season.
So I asked the question that naturally came to mind.
“Would that probably preclude you from going after Yoan Moncada?”
Here’s Sabean’s answer, along with an response to a later question about Moncada’s talent level.
That’s a good question. It’s not one and the same because it’s a different pot of gold, so to speak. But as you know, within those rules, there’s penalties associated and it’s dollar for dollar depending on the signing bonus. We have scouted him heavily, but it would be a long shot for us to sign somebody like that at this time.
Too early for me to (tell if he’s as good as people say he is) because of his age. He’s only 19. And there is some question across the board, whether it’s us or anyone else, where’s he’s going to play positionally. But athletically, as far as the size/strength, the package for 19 is pretty impressive.
According to three general managers who spoke with Peter Gammons, the usual suspects are the favorites to land Moncada: the Yankees, Red Sox and Dodgers, with the Tigers also a possible suitor. Those three GMs were thought to be players for Moncada and told Gammons that wasn’t the case, so either everyone is stepping out of the way to let the so-called “big market” teams fight over Moncada, or there’s some gamesmanship going on.
Sabean is generally known for being pretty candid, and the phrase “long shot” probably means they won’t spend tens of millions on a player who, if signed, would effectively keep the Giants out of the international amateur market for two years. However, Sabean didn’t say the door was shut. And if the Giants do plan to make an offer to one of the most hyped players his age in the last 10 years, there isn’t much benefit to letting the world know at this time.