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Yoan Moncada says staying with White Sox long term was his goal

Yoan Moncada was asked by his agents what he wanted to do. He said his preference was to stay with the Chicago White Sox.

A couple of weeks later, it was done.

Moncada finalized a $70 million, five-year contract with the White Sox on Friday, signing up long term for a situation he thinks will turn into a World Series championship.

“Definitely the talent we have right now is something that makes you feel really excited,” Moncada said.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

The Cuban third baseman gets a $4 million signing bonus, payable in equal installments each Nov. 15 from 2020 to 2023, and salaries of $1 million this year, $6 million in 2021, $13 million in 2022, $17 million in 2023 and $24 million in 2024.

Moncada’s deal includes a $25 million team option for 2025 with a $5 million buyout. The option price can increase by a maximum of $2.5 million based on his finish in MVP voting from 2020 to 2024: $2.5 million for winning and $1.5 million for second or third.7

The contract was put together relatively quickly. Moncada switched agents about a month ago, and he said his new representation started talking to the White Sox about two weeks ago.

“My agents were the first ones to ask me what I wanted to do, you know, what were my plans in the long run,” Moncada said through an interpreter, “and then I told them that I wanted to stay here in this organization. Then I think they were the ones who approached the team and started all the conversation and I am very glad that this happened.”nike nfl jerseys cheap paypal

Chicago acquired the 24-year-old in the December 2016 trade that sent Chris Sale to the Boston Red Sox. Long regarded as one of baseball’s top prospects, he broke out last season when he set career highs with a .315 batting average, 25 homers and 79 RBIs.

Moncada would have been eligible for salary arbitration after this season and for free agency after the 2023 season.

“It’s good to have this done and then just put all my focus on the season because, like I said before, I have big plans for the season,” he said. “I’m expecting to have a way better season than what I had last year.”