According to the Sun Sentinal, Aroldis Chapman told one “associate” that he plans to sign within three or four days. The linked article says the Marlins are making a big push for the hard-throwing left-hander, but also says an industry source believes the Blue Jays and Angels are the most likely destinations.
My guess — and this is just a guess — is that no one has a good feel for where Chapman is going to end up. Every team is interested, a lot of teams seem willing to pay big and no team wants to leak just how much they’re willing to pay.
The Chapman tidbit comes at the end of a day that became a bit more eventful than expected.
• Jason Bay officially joined the Mets, and in the process refuted pretty much every story written about him in the past month. He said stories of his reluctance to sign “couldn’t be further from the truth” and said he hasn’t had a shoulder injury since surgery in 2003. “It’s been great ever since,” he said. “It’s another of those things that took on a life of its own.”
• Randy Johnson retired during a very gracious conference call, having made a last second decision to make his announcement tonight rather than tomorrow when he would have interfered with the Hall of Fame class of 2010. “I did not by any means want to announce my official retirement on the same day as that.”
• The Matt Holliday deal is done. It’s a huge seven-year deal that, Keith Law writes, comes with considerable long-term risk but makes the Cardinals heavy division favorites and might help persuade Albert Pujols to re-sign.
• The Indians made the Shelley Duncan signing official. It’s a minor league deal, and Duncan will compete for a job as a corner outfielder and first baseman. “We see (Duncan) as a guy that has a good track record of hitting left-handed pitching and being productive,” general manager Mark Shapiro said. “He has defensive versatility that fits well within our needs. He’s certainly a guy that could come in and compete for that job.”
• Having signed Adrian Beltre, the Red Sox had absolutely no role for Casey Kotchman so they traded him to the Mariners for Bill Hall and a minor leaguer. Sounds like the Red Sox are also getting cash to cover some of Hall’s ugly contract.
• Speaking of the Red Sox, they officially named Mike Cameron their center fielder and moved Jacoby Ellsbury to left.