Valentine: 'I manage for my job every day'

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Valentine: 'I manage for my job every day'

BOSTON -- In his pregame session with the media Monday afternoon, Bobby Valentine was quizzed about increasing calls on talk radio and print columns for his firing.
I didnt read the paper or listen to the radio, Valentine said. Thanks for telling me about all that good news. Not going to comment on things that are written and said in the radio.
Asked if it was unfair, Valentine responded:
I dont know what it means. I just come to work, try to do the best that I can do. I cant control thought process, thats for sure.
Valentine was asked if he would like a vote of confidence.Im not in that space, he said. Im thinking about the game tonight.
Asked if he thought he was managing for his job, Valentine replied:
I have no idea. I manage for my job every day, I think. I try to give my best every day that I come out. And were on a winning streak now. So I kind of like that.
Valentine managed the Rangers and Mets previously. He was asked if he thought there was more pressure to win in Boston than in other cities.
I think pressure is that thing that you put on yourself when youre unprepared. I think that Ive been prepared every day. So Im prepared today for whatever happens. I dont know about pressure. I have great expectations when I wake up every day of my life.
Asked how he thought the players responded to his style, Valentine replied:
I dont know what my style is. I think that all the players are having a good season, and a lot of them have responded pretty well. And the guys who arent doing that well I guess you would say they havent responded so well. I would guess.
This is Valentines first season managing the Red Sox and first season managing since 2002, with the Mets. He said he believes hes adapted.
Yeah, sure, I think I adjust every day, he said. Ten years, 15 years ago? Absolutely. Those are like dark ages. Ten years ago, Im trying to think of what that was. Absolutely. Its silly to think that you dont evolve and change. Unless youre dead. But then you still decay because its the only thing that everyone does. They do it at the same time. They always do it. Right? Get older, huh. Dead people do that.
Asked if he was surprised by the speculation concerning his job status, Valentine replied:
I try not to be surprised. Its the thing I hate the most in life.
Having been through it before, he is prepared for it.
I would think, yeah, he said. Comes with the territory.
Valentine met with principal owner after Saturdays night loss to the Twins.
He wanted to come in and say it was a tough loss, which it was.
Beyond that, Valentine did not want to get into the specifics of the meeting.
Its not polite to say its none of your business, he said. So Ill try to be polite and not say that.

Report: Aroldis Chapman, Yankees reach deal for $86M, 5 years

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Report: Aroldis Chapman, Yankees reach deal for $86M, 5 years

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.

CSN CHICAGO: Yoan Moncada 'thrilled' to reunite with Jose Abreu on White Sox

CSN CHICAGO: Yoan Moncada 'thrilled' to reunite with Jose Abreu on White Sox

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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