Arroyo 'feels for' the Sox in light of their collapse


Arroyo 'feels for' the Sox in light of their collapse

Bronson Arroyo's been gone for six years, but he still remembers what it's like playing for the Red Sox.

So he knows what this current group of Sox is going through in light of September's collapse.

"Until you play in a Red Sox uniform, you don't know what it means to the people of New England and you don't know how much pressure there is on that ballclub," Arroyo -- who pitched for the Sox from 2003-05 and then was traded to Cincinnati prior to the 2006 season -- told's Danny Picard on Picard's Web-based talk show, 'I'm Just Sayin'. "Having experienced that . . . I could feel for those guys because I know how harsh the fans and media can be in that enviornment."

Arroyo -- who "was totally surprised they blew the lead" in the wild-card race -- says he doesn't know what will happen with general manager Theo Epstein.

"I would assume everything is exactly the way he wants it," Arroyo said of Epstein. "He's a New England guy, he grew up in the Boston area, and I would think he wouldn't want to go anywhere else, probably for the rest of his career.

"But I've seen stranger things happen. Sometimes the inner workings of baseball's organizations, we don't know a lot of the things that go on . . .And so you just never really know.

"But I would definitely be surprised if he left, because . . . I get the feeling that between owner John Henry and Theo Epstein and CEO Larry Lucchino and the guys that are in Boston, they have built something over the last eight years . . . I would think they would want to keep this run going for a while . . . But, you know, you just never really know."

Not does he know what was behind Terry Francona's departure.

"I don't know if we know the true story," Arroyo said. "You wonder if ownership put so much pressure on him where they basically forced him to want out . . . or if he genuinely was going to walk away regardless.

"Either way, I definitely was a little surprised because, you know, being there eight seasons and having as much success as they've had and especially winning two world championships, I thought . . . they'd definitely give him a pass on one bad season like this.

"Which wasn't really a bad season; it was just, obviously, a terrible September."

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


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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