LAKELAND, Fla. -- The Tigers worked out Cuban prospect Yoan Moncada here at Tigertown last month, and they liked what they saw … except for the price tag.
While the Red Sox reportedly put the finishing touches Monday on a contract for the 19-year-old infielder, including a reported $31.5 million bonus, Tigers officials said they had little contact since the aforementioned workout.
"We scouted him. We had him here for a private workout," assistant general manager Al Avila said. "And then, once we knew where the money was going, it was just at the point that we had our money invested in other areas."
Moncada had long been expected to draw a large signing bonus, enough that whoever won the bidding would have to pay nearly as much to Major League Baseball in penalties for exceeding the international signing budget as they'd have to pay Moncada.
For the Red Sox, who were already over their allotment, it was dollar for dollar. The Tigers weren't at that point yet, but with just a $2.9 million allotment for the entire signing period, they still would've had to pay out around $60 million to match Boston's bid.
In the end, the workout was due diligence.
"We just wanted to make sure that if there was any chance, we did our homework," Avila said.
Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.