PROVIDENCE, R.I. Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling is thanking his well-wishers after his video game company defaulted on a 1.1 million payment to Rhode Island and was unable to meet payroll this week.
The founder of 38 Studios declined to answer questions on his firm's financial troubles earlier this week after he briefed state economic development officials at an emergency meeting. But he posted late Thursday to his Facebook page: "To all the prayers and well wishes to the team and families at 38, God Bless and thank you! We will find a way, and the strength, to endure."
38 Studios was lured from Massachusetts in 2010 after Rhode Island officials offered a 75 million loan guarantee they said would bring hundreds of jobs and millions in tax revenue.
The company missed a scheduled 1.1 million payment to the Rhode Island Economic Development Corp. on May 1, prompting worries about its solvency and whether the state would have to step in to pay its debts.
Schilling has asked for additional help from the state, but officials have been weighing whether the company is viable enough to justify further investment.
38 Studios hand-delivered a 1.1 million check to the economic agency on Thursday only to have the chief financial officer acknowledge soon after there wasn't enough money in the account to cover it.
OXON HILL, Md. - Aroldis Chapman found a spot in a most familiar bullpen - a very rich spot, too.
The hard-throwing closer reached agreement to return to the New York Yankees on Wednesday night with the highest-priced contract ever for a relief pitcher, an $86 million deal for five years.
A person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press that the contract was pending a physical. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal was not yet complete.
Once it's done, the 28-year-old lefty whose fastballs routinely top 100 mph would shatter the previous richest contract for a reliever - that was the $62 million, four-year deal Mark Melancon signed with San Francisco just a couple days ago during the winter meetings.
Chapman was acquired by New York from the Cincinnati Reds last offseason, then missed the first 29 games of the season due to a domestic violence suspension from Major League Baseball. The Cuban was traded to the Chicago Cubs in late July and helped them win the World Series, becoming a free agent when it was over.
Chapman went 4-1 with 36 saves and a 1.55 ERA in a combined 59 games for the Yankees and Cubs. He struggled some in the postseason as the Cubs beat Cleveland for their first championship since 1908.
With the Yankees this season, Chapman teamed with Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances in one of the most dominant bullpens in baseball history. Miller was later traded to Cleveland, but Betances is still with New York.
Earlier this week, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said the team was interested in both Chapman and fellow free agent closer Kenley Jansen. The Yankees had already made one deal at these meetings, signing slugger Matt Holliday, before paying a lot more to bring Chapman back to the Bronx.
Fox Sports first reported the agreement.
Yoan Moncada and Jose Abreu are back together.
The two Cuban natives were teammates in 2012 when they played for Cienfuegos in Cuba, and now they'll be in the same dugout once again — this time in Chicago.
"To get the opportunity to play with him right now in the United States, it's an honor for me," Moncada said through a translator on a conference call Wednesday. "I'm thrilled with that."
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