Lots of chatter in the last 36 hours on Aroldis Chapman, the 21-year-old Cuban lefty with the big fastball. He could pick a team by the end of the week.
The Red Sox were the first team to make Chapman an offer and are believed to remain in the mix. Theo Epstein puts international matters in the Cone of Silence, so not much is coming out of Yawkey Way on this matter.
The Yankees, a source said today, are out. They see Chapman as a pitcher who would need to start in Single-A ball and that view is not shared by the player and his representatives. They’re also not anxious to drop the money it would cost given the risks. But as always with the Yankees, don’t be surprised if they suddenly find $20 million.
The Marlins took their shot, but the Miami Herald reports they have conceded the chase because of the rising cost. The Blue Jays and Angels are interested as well.
As the Red Sox make creative deals to try and stay close to the luxury tax threshold, can they fit Chapman in? Perhaps it would depend on whether Chapman requires a major-league contract.
In an unrelated matter, Chien-Ming Wang traveled from Taiwan to get examined again by Dr. James Andrews and the reports on his right shoulder were positive. Wang will not be ready to pitch in spring training, but could join a rotation at some point in May.
Wang has told friends he is prepared to move on from the Yankees. A number of teams have expressed an interest.