Yankees invite Chapman to Game 6
The invitation is a not-do-subtle way of gaining an advantage in talks for the talented left-handed pitcher. Word is that Chapman is seeking a deal worth $40-60 million, and the Yankees and Red Sox could be gearing up for a battle.
But that's a lot of money to pay for a pitcher who's unproven as a big leaguer, and only the Yankees and Red Sox have a history of taking such a plunge (Boston paid $103 million for Daisuke Matsuzaka; the Yankees $32 million for Jose Contreras).
The Mets, who met with Chapman on Friday at Citi Field, did bid $39 million for the right to Matsuzaka, but the Cuban defector is not as proven as a pitcher.