BOSTON Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine was asked his reaction to the news that As right-hander Bartolo Colon has been suspended 50 games for testing positive for testosterone, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.I just wish we got that loss back that he pitched against us, Valentine said.He was referring to the 3-2 loss on July 3 in Oakland.Colon and Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera are the two most recent players who have been found to be in violation of MLBs policies. Valentine was asked if he thought the teams records were tainted because of that.I wouldnt, he said.It seems that whatever were doing were doing properly , he said. And just like the Olympics have their issues and their system that seems to have worked well over the years, better and better, theres always some things that fall through the cracks and some people who think that theyre slippery enough to do that.It is difficult, though, for a manager to know what each player on his roster is doing.I dont think he can be responsible for what guys are doing personally, Valentine said. Its tough. I think its very tough. I managed in the 80s and 90s and probably my biggest regret in life is I didn't know more and figure it out better. Its a regret. But I dont know how I could have.Asked if he thought some managers looked the other way, Valentine replied:Probably. Im not sure. I dont think its in our job description to police things. Not only drugs and steroids. We try to get people to know the difference between right and wrong. We try to surround ourselves with those people who do that. After that, I think its difficult to try to police 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."