And The Red Sox News of the Day Continues…
As reported earlier in the day by myself and 100,000 other news outlets the Boston Red Sox have come to terms with former Angel ace John Lackey on a 5 year deal worth just a little more than Ecuador. One would think this would be enough Sox news for the day but those damn Phillies had to go and get Halladay so Boston felt cheated in the headline grabbing department and added the following tidbits for your hot stove delight…
As reported by MLB.com- An already eventful Monday for the Red Sox gained further steam in the evening, when reports circulated that the club is in serious talks with veteran outfielder Mike Cameron.
If the Red Sox are successful in signing Cameron, it further cements a development that has become all but certain in recent days — Jason Bay will not be returning.
ESPNBoston.com is reporting that Cuban left-handed pitcher Aroldis Chapman has an offer on the table from the Boston Red Sox worth $15.5 million.
The 21-year-old received the offer while he was still represented by Edwin Mejia, Arangure reported. Chapman is currently represented by the Hendricks brothers. Randy Hendricks told teams this week that they aren’t even accepting offers at this point, so it’s possible that Boston’s offer has still been the only one Chapman has officially received.
Chapman, whose fastball was clocked at 102 mph at the World Baseball Classic this year, defected from the Cuban national team in August during a tournament in the Netherlands.
Opening Night 2010- Red Sox host the World Champs
From MLB.com- MLB announced on Monday that the Yankees and Red Sox will face off in the first contest of the year on Sunday night, April 4 at Fenway Park, with the 8 p.m. ET matchup televised nationally on ESPN2.
The event will mark the fifth time in the past six years that the defending World Series champions have played in the season-opening Sunday night game.
It also marks just the second time that a standalone game between the two rivals has been the first game of the season. The two clubs faced off to open the 2005 season after the Red Sox won the ‘04 World Series, with the Yankees winning at home, 9-2.
The 2010 season opener will be the 30th time that the Yankees and Red Sox have opened a season against each other, dating back to the first time in 1904.
One would think that the Red Sox news for the day is done, but by my clock there is still an hour and some change to go East Coast time. They could easily sign and/or trade for two or three more players in that amount of time.