According to Jorge Arangure of ESPN.com, Cuban pitcher Aroldis Chapman will arrive in New York today and begin a series of meetings with MLB teams.
In August, Arangure did a video interview for ESPN with Chapman, with clips of him pitching, which you can watch by here.
In July, in a report for ESPN The Magazine, Arangure said many scouts believe Chapman is the best left-handed pitching prospect in the world.
…from what i can gather, out of people around MLB, because he is in his early 20s, left-handed, has a huge personality, a big-time fastball known to reach 100 mph, along with a decent set of secondary pitchers, there is a chance he could land a six-year deal, with numbers getting up around the Daisuke Matsuzaka, $40 to $50 million range…
According to Buster Olney, of ESPN.com, “Some evaluators view Chapman as a left-handed Stephen Strasburg, who was the No. 1 pick in the MLB draft last month.
“He’s pretty special,” a team official told Olney.
Chapman’s agent told Yahoo! Sports in July that his client will be in shape and ready for next spring training.
Update, 2:00 pm:
Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post said, “The Mets have said they’re interested.”