Like Bobby Valentine doesn't have enough on his mind as it is. Now it looks like a youth "All-American" baseball team he supported owes families money.
According to the New York Post, a Texas mother says she has been trying for six months to get a refund from the All-American Athletic Foundation in Stamford, Conn.
Tryouts were held last fall for the Valentine-backed team that would have traveled the country this summer, but the foundation went quiet soon after.
From the NY Post:
Valentine told The Post in March he would make good on the 475 tryout fees. He left the foundation last fall when he became the Boston Red Sox manager.
But Valentine said Friday that refunds were up to Greenwich, Conn., developer Joseph Beninati, who started the foundation in 2009.
My name was on the line and I said I would step in, but its his responsibility, Valentine said.
The Post got no comment from Beninati.
Facing a 1 p.m. Friday deadline to avoid arbitration, the Red Sox reportedly agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with center field Jackie Bradley Jr., and also avoided hearings with six other players.
Shortstop Xander Bogaerts, utilityman Brock Holt, pitchers Joe Kelly, Robbie Ross Jr., Tyler Thornburgh and catcher Sandy Leon also agreed to one-year deals.
Terms of the deals were not announced.
It leaves left-handers Fernando Abad and Drew Pomeranz as the only arbitration-eligible Red Sox without a deal.
Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley avoided arbitration and agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with the team, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported.
Bradley, who turns 27 April 19, had his best season in 2016, hitting .267 with 26 homers and a league-best 29-game hitting streak. He also won his first Gold Glove. A Scott Boras client, Bradley isn’t eligible for free agency until 2020.
Friday at 1 p.m. was the deadline to reach deals to avoid arbitration.
Other arbitration-eligible Red Sox are infielders Xander Bogaerts and Brock Holt, left-handers Drew Pomeranz and Fernando Abad, right-handers Joe Kelly, Robbie Ross and Tyler Thornburg and catcher Sandy Leon.