Sources: Moncada Extension Talks In Early Stages

"I see myself on this team for a very long time," Yoan Moncada says.

Bruce Levine
February 25, 2020 - 11:18 am
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(670 The Score) The White Sox and representation for third baseman Yoan Moncada have had initial dialogue on a long-term contract extension, sources confirmed.

The talks are in the early stages, and a signing doesn't appear imminent at this time, sources said. Moncada didn't express an awareness of the talks when asked about them at White Sox camp Tuesday. 

"I don't pay too much attention to that," Moncada said. "My focus is just in the game and preparing myself to be in the best position I can for the season.

"If my agent calls me to say there is something on the table, we will consider it. For now, I will focus on my game."

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Moncada, 24, is currently under contract control through 2023. If an extension is reached, it's expected to be the biggest in White Sox franchise history and worth more than $100 million.

The White Sox have a long history of locking up their best young talent on long-term extensions. They signed outfielder Eloy Jimenez to a six-year deal with two team options last March. They also inked top prospect Luis Robert to a six-year deal with two team options in January, which has paved the way for him to start in center field on Opening Day.

Moncada did reiterate his love for the White Sox organization.

"I feel comfortable on this team," Moncada said, according to MLB.com. "I have been feeling comfortable on this team since the moment I came here. I actually see myself on this team for a very long time."

Moncada is coming off a breakout 2019 season in which he hit .315 with 25 homers, 79 RBIs, 83 runs and a .915 OPS in 132 games.

News of the Moncada extension talks was first reported by James Fox of Future Sox on Monday.