If the Milwaukee Brewers would have been able to have signed Yoan Moncada, it would have been one of the biggest moves in franchise history. At just 19-years-old, Moncada had talent to change the landscape of the organization and quickly become the face of the franchise.
But in the end the Brewers were vastly outbid. While it is a shame they were not able to come to terms with the prized Cuban prospect, the signing could help the Brewers outlook for this season.
By not signing Moncada, the Brewers now have a better chance in the future to sign other international prospects. While many teams have exceeded their international spending limitations, the aggressive Brewers could be in the driver’s seat to sign the next prized international prospect like, Yadier Alvarez.
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But even aside from the future moves that the Brewers could make, one of the biggest ways that the signing may help the club is that it should help keep Cole Hamels out of St. Louis. If their is one spot on the Cardinals’ roster that has question marks, it is starting pitching. With plenty of moveable pieces in their system, they have the players that could make a move for anyone in baseball including Hamels.
But now that Moncada is immediately the top Red Sox prospect. Every move in baseball effects the next and Eye on Baseball’s, Mike Axisa, indicated that the Sox now have plenty of movable pieces to trade for Hamels.
Moncada wasn’t going to have an influence on the Brewers’ roster in 2015, but not having to face a pitcher like Hamels in the division could be even better news for the Brewers. Though they missed out on a golden opportunity on Moncada, keeping a Cy Young caliber pitcher out of the division may be just as big if the Brewers are hoping to compete in 2015.