Saturday, January 9, 2010

Yankees making the right call on Cuban lefty

If the reports are true that the New York Yankees are no longer pursuing Cuban lefty Aroldis Chapman, I think the team is making the right call. During his workouts for the numerous baseball teams interested in signing him, it became clear that he was not going to be ready for the big leagues anytime soon. But he still wanted to be paid like a major leaguer so the Yanks apparently have decided to move on.

The Yankees have a decidedly mixed record with Cuban pitchers, winning big with Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez and losing badly with Jose Contreras. With their apparent determination to stick to their reported budget, they were not willing to break the bank for a kid they are not sure about, no matter how talented he may be.

The Boston Red Sox are apparently still in the mix and if they want to overpay for him, that's on them. He may ultimately be a great pitcher in the big leagues, but right now he is anything but a sure thing.

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