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Yankees, Red Sox still in on Aroldis Chapman

Jan 7, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

Remember when I said that the Yankees and Mets should be treated like movie slashers when it comes to the pursuit of a free agent? That you can’t count them out until they’re truly, truly dead, and that even then you should pour gasoline on the corpse and light it just to be sure? I should have included the Red Sox in that, because this is what I meant:

The Red Sox, who maintained radio silence before signing free-agent pitcher John Lackey and were almost as circumspect in their pursuit of free-agent third baseman Adrian Beltre before signing him, are conducting another stealth operation, this time
in their attempts to sign Cuban left-hander Aroldis Chapman.

Contrary to reports that have pegged the Angels and Blue Jays as
favorites to sign the 22-year-old pitcher, the Red Sox remain very much
in the picture, one major league executive predicting that either the
Sox or Yankees will sign him

They can’t be bargained with. They can’t be reasoned with. They don’t feel pity, or remorse or fear. And they absolutely will not stop until they have signed all the big free agents.

  1. Jason @ IIATMS - Jan 7, 2010 at 2:59 PM

    Any team can afford $15-25 million for an electric lefty who’s just 20 years old.
    Only the Sox and Yanks can afford for him to flop.

  2. Shawn - Jan 7, 2010 at 2:59 PM

    How can you imply the Yankees or Red Sox will sign all of the big free agents right after a post about the A’s signing Jack Cust. They don’t get much bigger than that…

  3. Ryan - Jan 7, 2010 at 3:06 PM

    As a Red Sox fan, I deserve to have everyone elses best players like Joe Mauer and Albert Pujols. You know, to make up for the 86 years of pain I was forced to endure. /sarcasm.

  4. Allen - Jan 7, 2010 at 4:45 PM

    It must be noted how Frank McCourt and his soon to be exwife are destroying the L.A.Dodgers. With no attempt to sign any quality players this team will be the laughing stock of the National League.The best part of this story is that ticket prices art being raised by 3 dollars a seat in some areas and the parking will still be only $15 per car.No pitching and only three outfielders that can hit, I say look out Phillies try not to laugh too much when you play them!

  5. Sack Wheat - Jan 7, 2010 at 5:28 PM

    Ok, I’ll bite. The Yankees signed their own guy, Pettitte to return for 11.5 million. That’s the 15th largest contract (in total dollars) given out this off season. Some teams that have given out large contracts this offseason, St. Louis, Boston, Seattle, Milwaukee,Philadelphia, Chicago Cubs, Houston, Washington, Texas, Detroit, Colorado, Toronto, and Atlanta.

  6. Sack Wheat - Jan 7, 2010 at 5:37 PM

    Crud, I was using a list with the players “old teams” so some of those that I pointed out are not correct. But, the fact that Pettitte’s was 15th highest still holds.

  7. robinson42 - Jan 8, 2010 at 1:49 AM

    We’ll now forget that Sack Wheat’s team signed all of CC Sabathia, Mrs. Teixeira and AJ Burnett last offseason?

  8. The D - Jan 8, 2010 at 3:34 AM

    “He’s back! He’s the man behind the mask!”

  9. Darryl - Jan 8, 2010 at 9:44 AM

    So twisted! Very funny, Craig.

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