Third baseman Yoan Moncada and the White Sox have agreed to a five-year contract extension, according to a report from The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.
Rosenthal reports that the extension includes a club option, and that if the option is exercised, Moncada wouldn't become a free agent until after the 2025 season. Rosenthal reported that the deal is worth $70 million dollars and could reach $90 million if the Sox exercise the sixth-year option.
Moncada, 24, was one of several players the White Sox acquired from the Red Sox in the 2016 trade for All-Star pitcher Chris Sale. Moncada was still on his rookie contract and was slated to become a free agent in 2024.
Moncada was one of the most productive players for the Sox last season. He hit .315 in 2019 with 25 home runs and 79 RBIs. He led the Sox in on-base percentage (.367) and slugging (.548).
The Sox have been proactive about signing young players who the front office sees as core pieces for the future. Left fielder Eloy Jimenez, 23, signed a deal prior to the 2019 season that runs through 2024, with club options for 2025 and 2026. Center fielder Luis Robert, 22, who has yet to play a big league game, signed an extension this winter that could keep him in a White Sox uniform through 2027.
Shortstop Tim Anderson is under contract potentially through the 2024 season. Now, it appears Moncada will be joining them in a Sox uniform long term.