Back in July, Aroldis Chapman (21), a Cuban considered by many scouts to be the best left-handed pitching prospect in the world, defected from the Cuban national team and is currently a free agent.
While pitching for Cuba, his fastball regularly topped out at over 100 mph.
The Yankees, Angels, Red Sox, White Sox, Cardinals, Mets, and now the Tigers are interested in him, among “other clubs”. MLB sources say he could sign with a team as early as next week. Chapman said he is "80 percent ready for MLB right now".
By several estimates, Chapman could garner a contract worth anywhere from $40 million to $60 million.
This story has flown under the radar a bit. Some sources say the Cubs are one of those “other clubs”. Are they legitimate bidders here, or is this a pipe dream?
My gut says "pipe dream". New owner Ricketts is not likely to open up his wallet for $40-$60M during his first full week as owner especially with the Cubs already holding onto several long term contract commitments.