Oct 21, 2009, 4:33 PM EDT
Picking a slightly more central location than tiny Andorra, Aroldis Chapman, who was declared a free agent last month, is headed to New York to begin meeting with suitors.
Chapman’s agent told ESPN’s Jorge Arangure Jr. that the 21-year-old left-hander will arrive on Wednesday and is set to visit several cities. Boston is very likely to be included, and a trip to the West Coast to gauge the interest of the Dodgers and Angels figures to follow.
The hard-throwing Chapman is expected to get one of the winter’s largest contracts, even though he’s probably not ready to succeed as a major league starter just yet. He placed eighth on our list of the winter’s top 111 free agents. A deal in the $50 million range is a good guess, and the Yankees would seem to have the best chance of anyone of landing him.
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