The White Sox are in agreement with third baseman Yoan Moncada on a five-year, $70 million extension that includes a $20 million club option for 2025. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and USA TODAY’s Bob Nightengale broke the news Thursday:
3B Yoan Moncada in agreement with #WhiteSox on five-year extension with a club option, sources tell The Athletic. Dollars not yet known. Would potentially buy out two free-agent years. If option is exercised, Moncada would hit open market after age 30 season.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) March 5, 2020
Source confirms: Moncada five-year extension is for $70M. Exercising of club option can bring total value to $90M. On it: @BNightengale.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) March 5, 2020
After being acquired from the Red Sox in December 2016 and being touted as somewhat of an organizational savior for the White Sox, Moncada began his ChiSox career with two pretty rough seasons in 2017-18. But the 24-year-old broke out after being moved to third base last season, posting a .315/.367/.548 slash line with 25 homers and a 4.6 bWAR. With this deal, the White Sox will certainly be hoping that the true Moncada is closer to his 2019 form than what he was in the previous two seasons.
Moncada’s extension is the latest in a series of big moves the White Sox have make to improve their club for the short and long terms since the end of last season. They’ve also signed outfield prospect Luis Robert (six years and $50 million plus two club options) and first baseman/DH José Abreu (three years and $50 million) to extensions, added free agents Yasmani Grandal (four years and $73 million), Dallas Keuchel (three years and $55.5 million plus a vesting option), Gio Gonzalez (one year and $5 million plus a club option), Edwin Encarnación (one year and $12 million), Steve Cishek (one year and $6 million plus a club option), and traded for outfielder Nomar Mazara.