Toronto in the hunt for Chapman, who could sign soon
In the latest from Jorge Arangure Jr. regarding southpaw Aroldis Chapman, we learn that the Blue Jays “held a private workout for the touted Cuban pitcher Thursday morning in Florida, then met with his representatives.” Arangure also notes that the “fact that Chapman’s Houston-based agents, Randy and Alan Hendricks, were in Florida this week may mean that Chapman is close to a deal, though not necessarily with Toronto.” The Jays, a surprise suitor for Chapman, step into a fray that already includes the A’s, Marlins, Angels, Yankees (presumably), and the Red Sox, however, there is no word on whether or not Boston has issued an offer to Chapman since he switched agents a few weeks ago.
Arangure concludes by noting that Chapman’s recent workout/audition for teams in Houston has sparked interest in the Cuban-born pitcher. In fact, according to Arangure and “one industry source,” Chapman’s value has now risen and he could be inline for a $20-25 million payday (a few weeks ago, it looked like he would struggle to earn $20 million).
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