Moncada was acquired in a trade with the Boston Red Sox that saw their former ace, Chris Sale, go the other way in 2016, and he has since hit .266 with 50 home runs and 162 RBIs. This contract comes off his career-best season in 2019 that saw him post a batting average of .315 with 25 home runs and 79 RBIs over 132 games.
This deal prevents Moncada from being salary arbitration eligible after this season and a free agent after the 2023 season, as they look to lean on him and Jose Abreu to turn around this rebuilding process. Along with those two, the White Sox have also locked in shortstop Tim Anderson with a six-year contract, outfielder Eloy Jimenez with a six-year deal, outfielder Luis Robert for six seasons, and reliever Aaron Bummer with a five-year contract. The one thing the White Sox hope to work on with Moncada is his strikeouts, as he has already led the majors with 217 strikeouts in 149 games during his rookie season. He also hit 16 home runs that season, and continues to improve year by year, and this could very well be the year that he officially comes through, as do the White Sox.
On a down note, the New York Yankees have ruled outfielder Aaron Judge out indefinitely with broken ribs. It is unclear whether or not Judge will require surgery, but he is for sure out to begin the season. This news came through on Friday, less than 24 hours after the slugger was holding out hope that he would be available on Opening Day. The injury reportedly occurred last September when he made a diving catch in right field, according to manager Aaron Boone. Judge has been dealing with that ever since, including through the Postseason, and will now rest at least two weeks before getting re-evaluated. The major injury is a stress fracture to a right rib, and he has yet to play in any Spring Training games.
The outfielder has since gone through numerous tests, MRIs, and CT Scans to determine the severity of the injury, but did do all of his normal workouts in the off-season. The former 2017 American League Rookie of the Year has since played in just 214 games over the last two seasons, including 112 in 2018 and 102 in 2019. Judge has dealt with a broken wrist and an oblique injury throughout his major league career, which has limited the time the Yankees have been able to enjoy him and Giancarlo Stanton in their lineup. Judge's injury have the Yankees starting the season shorthanded, as they were for much of 2019, as Stanton will miss Opening Day due to a calf injury, and outfielder Aaron Hicks isn't expected back until summer following Tommy John Surgery.
In another minor MLB note, the Boston Red Sox have added pitcher Colin McHugh on a one-year contract that is worth $4.25 million. Despite the agreement, McHugh will not be ready for Opening Day as he is still recovering from a flexor injury and has not yet started his throwing program. The Red Sox will also miss Chris Sale from their rotation to start the year and will rely on Eduardo Rodriguez, Nathan Eovaldi, and Martin Perez to begin the year. The 32-year-old McHugh went 3-4 with a 6.67 ERA over eight starts with the Houston Astros last season, and was sent to the bullpen after a 12-2 loss to the Kansas City Royals on May 7th. He allowed eight runs in three-plus innings in that outing, and went on to go 1-1 with a 2.67 ERA in 27 relief appearances. For his major league career, McHugh is 58-35 with a 3.95 ERA in 119 career starts with the New York Mets, Colorado Rockies, and Astros, with all 58 career wins coming with Houston.