Moncada and the White Sox agreed to a five-year $70 million contract extension Thursday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
The 24-year-old's new deal includes a sixth year club option worth $25 million. The contract would potentially buy out two free-agent years and if his player option is exercised, Moncada will hit the open market after his age 30 season, according to Rosenthal. The switch-hitting third baseman will look to improve upon a 2019 campaign in which he hit .315/.367/.548 with 25 home runs, 83 runs scored and 79 RBI throughout 132 games.
Moncada said he's not a fan of batting leadoff and prefers to hit second in the order, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
As manager Rick Renteria considers lineup possibilities, particularly the leadoff spot, he'll consider a player's comfort level. Moncada, who profiles as a candidate anywhere in the top four of the order, had a monstrous 2019 while hitting mostly out of the second spot. More than batting-order position, it was a change in plate approach that made the most difference. Moncada attacked hittable pitches earlier in his at-bats, resulting in a significant rise in production and a dramatic decrease in strikeouts (from 217 to 154). It should also be noted that his .315/.367/.548 slash was fueled by an astronomical .406 BABIP, which led MLB, so fantasy owners may want to factor in some regression in batting average. Still, the 24-year-old third baseman cranked 25 home runs and vows to steal more than the 10 bases he had in 2019.
Moncada hit a pinch-hit home run in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Tigers. He went 2-for-4 in the afternoon contest.
Moncada launched his 25th home run and has hit safely in 20 of his last 22 games (40-for-92, .435). He's finishing up the season with an 1.111 OPS during September, which alongside fellow young building blocks Tim Anderson (.985) and Eloy Jimenez (1.107) makes the White Sox an interesting team to watch in 2020.
Moncada will sit for the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against Detroit.
Moncada hits the bench after going 2-for-4 with a run and a pair of singles in the first game of the day. Danny Mendick gets the start at third base.
Moncada went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored Sunday in the White Sox's 6-3 loss to the Tigers.
Moncada batted .500 during the series in Detroit and will head into the final week of the regular season with a 10-game hitting streak. With a blistering .444/.489/.691 line thus far in September, Moncada has boosted his season average from .291 to .316, vaulting him into third place in the American League.
Moncada went 2-for-3 with a walk, a two-run homer and a second run scored in Friday's 10-1 win over the Tigers.
Moncada continues to terrorize AL pitching this month, raising his batting average 26 points following a stretch during which he's batted .477 (31-for-65) over his last 15 games. He ranks fourth in the AL with a .314 average, 79 points better than where he finished in 2018.
Moncada went 2-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored in Wednesday's 3-1 win over the Twins.
Moncada continues to mash during September. The two-hit night extends his hitting streak to seven games (16-for-33) with multiple hits in six of those contests. Going back further, the young third baseman has reached base safely in 16 straight (30-for-65, .507 OBP). Moncada is putting a bow on what has been a promising season, due in part to a more aggressive plate approach.
Moncada went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and a stolen base in Sunday's 11-10 loss to Seattle.
Moncada has now reached double-digit stolen bases in two straight seasons with his 10th of the year Sunday. The 24-year-old has knocked three hits in four of his last six games, boosting his average to .308 and his OPS to .900.
Moncada went 3-for-5 with an RBI triple, a three-run double and a run scored in Friday's 9-7 win over the Mariners.
Moncada's first hit of the night was a single before his third-inning triple and fourth-inning double. The 24-year-old had two chances at a cycle, but couldn't get a homer off the Mariners' bullpen. Moncada now has multiple hits in seven of his last nine games, batting 17-for-35 (.486) with seven RBI and 10 runs scored in that span. For the year, he boasts a .305/.362/.536 line with 23 homers, 72 RBI and 73 runs scored in a breakout campaign.
Moncada went 3-for-5 with a run scored in Thursday's 6-3 loss to the Royals.
This was Moncada's fifth multi-hit game in the last seven, and it pushed his average above .300 again. He's gone 14-for-30 with just four strikeouts during his multi-hit barrage. Last season's MLB leader in strikeouts has cut down his propensity to whiff in 2019, going from 33.4 to 27.4 K%.
Moncada batted leadoff and went 1-for-4 with a double in Sunday's 5-1 win over the Angels.
Moncada moved to the top of the order with Tim Anderson getting the day off. Anderson had been batting leadoff while Leury Garcia (personal) was away from the team. Normalcy should return Tuesday when Garcia is due back. For Moncada, normalcy means hitting cleanup, where he'd batted 15 straight games prior to Garcia's three-game hiatus.
Moncada went 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored in Saturday's 8-7 loss to the Angels.
Moncada recorded his fourth consecutive game with multiple hits. He's 9-for-17 with five runs scored during that span.
Moncada had three walks, a stolen base and a run scored in Tuesday's 6-5 win over Cleveland.
Moncada, who has walked five times over the last two games, has been more aggressive at the plate in 2019, seeking out pitches he can drive even when they might be a little outside the zone. The result has been Moncada's best season to date and a slightly reduced walk rate. The strikeouts remain high -- he whiffed in his lone official at-bat Tuesday -- but the White Sox are reaping the benefits from his dangerous bat more often.
Moncada went 1-for-4 with a run scored in Wednesday's 8-2 loss.
Though he was able to end his three-game hitless streak with a single to deep right in the fourth inning, Moncada otherwise endured another tough night, striking out in his other three plate appearances. He's now struck out at least twice in four of his past five games, a disappointing development after he mashed four extra-base hits in his first two contests upon returning from the injured list last week. Manager Rick Renteria appears content to let Moncada work through his struggles, as the third baseman will remain in the cleanup spot for Thursday's series finale.
Moncada went 2-for-4 with a double and a two-run homer in Friday's 8-3 win over the Rangers.
Missing nearly a month with a hamstring strain hasn't cooled down Moncada's bat at all -- he's bashed four extra-base hits in two games since his return, going deep twice. On the year, the 24-year-old has had his long-awaited breakout, slashing .305/.361/.555 with 22 homers and 63 RBI.
Moncada went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and a double in Thursday's win over the Rangers.
In his return from the injured list due to a hamstring injury, Moncada batted cleanup and hit his 21st homer of the season, this time off Ariel Jurado in the third inning. The 24-year-old, who was out since July 31 with a strained right hamstring, also doubled in the fifth. Over 98 games this season, Moncada is slugging .303/.359/.545 with 22 doubles and 61 RBI.
Moncada (hamstring) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list prior to Thursday's game against the Rangers.
As expected, Moncada is set to make his return for this four-game home series against Texas. He has been sidelined since July 30 with the hamstring injury. Moncada hit .409 with two home runs in five games during a rehab assignment. Ryan Goins will presumably move to a bench role.
Moncada (hamstring) went 3-for-5 with a double, an RBI and three runs scored for Triple-A Charlotte on Tuesday.
Moncada successfully completed two consecutive games in the field and is on track to return Thursday. Since joining the Knights for his rehab stint, Moncada is 9-for-22 with three extra-base hits and six RBI in five games.
Moncada (hamstring) is on track to return from the 10-day injured list Thursday, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
Moncada is scheduled to play nine innings in the field for Triple-A Charlotte on Monday and Tuesday, and if everything goes well, it sounds like the infielder will be cleared to rejoin the White Sox ahead of Thursday's series opener against Texas. Prior to landing on the shelf at the end of July with a hamstring injury, Moncada compiled a .301/.358/.535 triple-slash with 20 home runs and seven stolen bases in 97 games.
White Sox manager Rick Renteria said Moncada (hamstring) could return during the series against the Twins that begins Monday, Doug Padilla of the Chicago Sun-TImes reports.
Moncada looks ready to return after going 4-for-12 in the first three games of his rehab assignment before getting the day off Sunday.
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