BOSTON Josh Beckett, who left the game with two outs and the bases loaded in the third inning Tuesday night because of a back spasm, was not in the Red Sox clubhouse while it was opened to the media Wednesday afternoon.Manager Bobby Valentine, who also had not seen the right-hander several hours before game time, was unsure what Becketts status would be for his next start, which is scheduled for Sunday against the Twins at Fenway Park.I havent see Josh, but two of my coaches saw him, manager Bobby Valentine said. General manager Ben Cherington saw him. I was in the training room before he got in there, but he said hes a little stiff. Not surprisingly. He had spasms and hes a big guy. So we dont know how to read that other than it doesnt seem when Ben talked to him he said it doesnt seem like he was going to be a 15-day disabled list stint or anything. But well just play it by ear. Valentine was unsure if Beckett would need to miss a start.I dont know about that either, but the surety of that, I havent talked with Josh, Valentine said. Itll all be predicated on that bullpen session, which isnt until at least tomorrow, maybe the next day, where hell test it and that will predicate whether or not hell be able to make the start.Beckett walked off the mound Tuesday night to a chorus of boos.Fans pay their money to be part of our experience and if someones displeased with my walking out on the field or someone walking off of the field, theyre paying the right to be displeased and to express whatever they want to express, Valentine said. I think when a guy gets hurt and he comes off the field, Im not sure that thats the time to boo someone, personally. To each their own.
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."