Originally written on The Victory Formation  |  Last updated 7/26/13
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It was eleven years ago that the Boston Red Sox desired Cuban star Jose Contreras, but lost out on him at the last minute to the rival Yankees. Just another example of them getting shafted by the Yankees. This loss led Team President Larry Lucchino to throw a chair across the room and coin the “Evil Empire” term for the Yanks. It appears that won’t be the case this time around, as the Red Sox are close to completing a deal to sign the best available international pitching free agent on the market, according to a source familiar with negotiations. At this time, the exact numbers are not known, but many have speculated the cost to the Red Sox could exceed $40 million. For what it is worth, scouts are somewhat split on just how effective Gonzalez will be at the Major League level. Some see him as nothing better than a #3 starter, while some believe he can be the ace of a staff. At worst, the Red Sox are about to add a key arm that can boost their playoff chances in 2013. Of course, many believed Contreras was going to dominate when he joined the Yankees, but [...]

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