The Boston Purple Sox gave the impression to be within the working for a number of beginning pitchers throughout final yr’s free company interval, however have been finally unable to land most of them. For not less than a type of pitchers, we now know why.
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The Purple Sox have been linked to then-free agent starter Andrew Heaney, who selected to signal a two-year, $25 million contract with the Texas Rangers regardless of Boston reportedly providing more cash. On Monday earlier than Sport 3 of the World Sequence, Heaney sat down with Rob Bradford of “Baseball Isn’t Boring” and defined his reasoning for selecting Texas.
“For me, [Texas] is just about my hometown staff,” mentioned Heaney, who grew up in Oklahoma Metropolis. “[It’s] someplace I wished to play, wished to be at, right here in Texas.”
Heaney wasn’t the one free agent pitcher that winter to say no a suggestion from Boston attributable to a want to play near dwelling. The Purple Sox supplied starter Zach Eflin a three-year, $40 million contract, however he selected to play for the Tampa Bay Rays — who matched the supply — due to Tampa’s proximity to Orlando, his hometown.
Nevertheless, Heaney admits that Boston wasn’t out of the query.
“I met with one in every of [the Red Sox’] medical workers guys,” Heaney mentioned. “It was shut.”
Heaney completed his first season in Texas with a 4.15 ERA and a 1.378 WHIP with 151 strikeouts, 60 walks and 143 hits in 147.1 innings pitched. He’ll begin Tuesday’s Sport 4 of the 2023 World Sequence in opposition to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
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