Rays’ Smyly elaborates on tweet regarding Moncada’s $31.5M deal

Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Drew Smyly spoke with the Tampa Bay Times on Tuesday and elaborated on his opinion.

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After Cuban free agent Yoan Moncada agreed to a reported $31.5 million signing bonus with the Boston Red Sox on Monday, Tampa Bay Rays left-hander Drew Smyly saw a discrepancy and took to Twitter to express his view.

Smyly, in the hours after the news broke, tweeted his thoughts on what he feels is a difference in how young prospects are paid, the amount of money dependent on where they’re from. The New York Yankees also zeroed in on Moncada, a 19-year-old switch-hitting infield prospect, before the Red Sox secured his services.

Smyly, 25, spoke with the Tampa Bay Times on Tuesday and elaborated on his opinion.

"I think it’s awesome that he got that, I’m all for any player making as much money as they can make in this game," Smyly told the Times. "So it’s nothing against him or any Cuban player.

"I was only trying to say everyone else doesn’t have those opportunities. So I think there should be some way where everyone, every amateur, has the same opportunity and guidelines. And that’s not even America vs. Cuba; Dominican Republic and Venezuela players don’t get that. They have never got close to that signing bonus.

"So I’m all for it. I’m sure Moncada is the real deal. It’s nothing bad about him. I was only stating I think that it doesn’t matter where you’re from, I think everyone should have the same chance to make whatever your value is on the field."

Smyly, in the same interview, mentioned Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper, who received a $6.25 million signing bonus as part of a five-year, $9.9 million deal in 2010 at 17 years old.

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