December 16, 2009
Ten minutes of pitching by a free-agent pitcher attracted reps for 14 teams to Houston yesterday, according to the Boston Globe. Of course, it was 10 minutes of pitching by Cuban defector Aroldis Chapman, a 6-foot-4, 21-year-old left-hander.
His fastball averaged around 92-94 mph, but supposedly got up to 97 mph. He also showed off a slider and changeup.
Those 14 teams included the Boston Red Sox, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Chicago Cubs, Seattle Mariners, Florida Marlins, New York Mets, Baltimore Orioles, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, Texas Rangers, Kansas City Royals, Cincinnati Reds, and the New York Yankees. Two teams actually had their general managers show up: Ed Wade of the Houston Astros (who didn't have to go far to watch, obviously) and Mike Rizzo of the Washington Nationals.
Whoever signs this guy is expected to be spending about $15 million annually on him. His agents are hoping he'll be signed by January.