CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Phillies, like just about every other big league club, could have used a talented prospect like Cuban infielder Yoan Moncada in their system.
The Phillies said they had interest, but how much is uncertain.
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Tuesday the organization had contact with Moncada's agent until Monday, when MLB.com reported Moncada agreed to a record-breaking $31.5 million contract with the Red Sox.
Did the Phillies offer him a contract?
"I'm not going to get into it," Amaro said.
Moncada is under 23 and had not yet played five years in the Cuban professional league, which put him under different amateur guidelines than Cuban outfielder Yasmany Thomas, who signed a $68.5 million deal in December with the D-backs. Under Moncada's guidelines, the Red Sox must pay a 100 percent penalty because they surpassed their annual international bonus allotment. In essence, they paid $63 million for the 19-year-old prospect.
The Red Sox also cannot spend more than $300,000 on any international player for the next two signing periods (2015-16 and 2016-17). Of course, if Moncada lives up to the hype (many compare him to Robinson Cano) he would be worth it.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.