While closing in on a long-term deal with top free-agent starter John Lackey on Monday, the Red Sox have reportedly made an offer to the most prized available foreign player, too.
ESPN.com, citing "several sources," is reporting that Boston has an offer on the table for Cuban defector Aroldis Chapman worth $15.5 million.
The offer was presented to the 21-year-old left-hander when he was still with agent Edwin Mejia. Now signed on with the Hendricks brothers, Randy Hendricks told teams this week that they aren't accepting offers at this point, so it's possible the Red Sox's offer is the only one Chapman has officially received, ESPN.com wrote.
On Tuesday, Chapman is scheduled to throw a side session in Houston, with the Red Sox, Angels, Yankees and a host of other teams scheduled to be in attendance.
Chapman, known for his lights-out, triple-digit fastball, defected from the Cuban national team while his club was playing in the World Port Tournament in July, then established residency in the tiny European nation of Andorra, got free-agent status and has since moved to the U.S.
Chapman visited Fenway Park earlier this fall and reportedly came away impressed.
The Yankees, Red Sox, Angels, Orioles and Tigers have shown interest in Chapman, and the Royals and Phillies have him on their radar. But the figures of $60 million over six years that were floated around earlier have dropped to something resembling what the Red Sox offered him.
Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.