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Report: San Francisco Giants giving Yoan Moncada close look

By Mark ONeill

Baseball America’s Ben Badler posted an article Sunday reporting that the San Francisco Giants have held private workouts for Yoan Moncada, the nineteen-year-old Cuban second baseman attracting much interest around Major League Baseball. Said to possess all five essential tools for elite success, Moncada is only one in a series of Cuban ballplayers to make the jump to the big leagues.

Many feel that the Giants are still in need of starting pitching, so it might seem misguided to pursue a middle infielder, especially in light of San Francisco finally securing Joe Panik at second.

With ownership reportedly behind this effort, there is a realistic chance that this might happen.

However, according to Badler’s piece, “Several sources have said the Giants have been trying to get more involved in the Cuban market, with the push coming at the ownership level.”

Sep 6, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval (48) in the dugout before the game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Were the chains binding the coffers to be loosened, and Sabean given free reign to pursue Moncada, most likely it would cost between thirty and forty million dollars to lock him up. Having already made a concerted effort to land Yasmany Tomas, which would have had to include ownership approval, the time may have arrived that Brian Sabean has been given the green light to go after Moncada.

Superlatives abound when it comes to describing Moncada’s ability, which makes the whole package quite tantalizing. The usual disclaimers exist, of course, because he has yet to prove his legitimacy on an MLB diamond, but there is also the rule of thumb that says you pay to play, and Moncada would appear to be the real deal.

The fact is that it takes money to make money, and baseball being a business, the Giants would be smart to pony up and commit to Moncada, especially with scouting reports indicating that several teams would consider moving the second baseman to third.

If the Giants are to remain competitive in the National League, then they are going to have to open up their wallets, so it might as well be in an effort to obtain Moncada. After all, they were willing to do so already this offseason in an effort to retain the Panda’s services, so why not now?