Mets Meet With Ardolis Chapman, But Was It Just For Appearances Sake?

An article by posted on October 24, 2009

The Mets finally met with sought after lefthander Aroldis Chapman and his agent on Friday. According to Newsday, but it was unclear if they discussed financial parameters with the 21-year-old Cuban defector.

Chapman began meeting with several teams on Wednesday when he arrived in New York, and he also plans to meet with the Yankees, Red Sox and Cardinals in the next few days.

It’s not known how much the Mets are really interested in Chapman and it looks like they may only be engaged for appearances sake in my opinion.

Several sources believe that Chapman may be looking for a contract in the range of $40 million to $60 million.

The young southpaw has been clocked at 100 MPH and is considered to be one of the top three young pitchers in the world.

Of course most teams are probably drooling over the possibility of adding a pitcher that is projected by most scouts to be a dominant ace pitcher that is Major League ready. But in the end, nobody may have the stomach for going toe to toe with the Yankees and Red Sox who will most likely end up with the lefty phenom.

Here is a short bio that was prepared by his agent:

Albertin Aroldis Chapman de la Cruz

Bats: Left Throws: Left Height: 6′ 4″ Weight: 185 lb.

Born: February, 28, 1988 in Cayo Mambí, Frank País, Holguín, Cuba

* Has a wife and young daughter as well as parents and two sisters still living in Cuba

* Holds the Cuban National Series record for fastest pitch thrown in a game at 102 mph.

* Has a fastball (two seam or four seam), sinking fastball, curveball, slider, changeup and a forkball

* Led the Cuban National Series twice in strikeouts in 2006-2007 and 2008-2009.

* Was recognized as the top left handed pitcher in Baseball World Cup in 2007.

* Defected from the Cuban National Team on July 1, 2009 while participating in the World Port Tournament in Rotterdam, Netherlands

* Signed a representation agreement with Athletes Premier International (API) for contract negotiation and marketing on July 13, 2009

* Obtained provisional passive residency status in the country of Andorra on September 21, 2009

* On September 25, 2009 was declared a free agent by Major League Baseball following their investigation and the United States Department of the Treasury licensed Chapman as an unblocked National of Cuba

The Mets have spent much time asserting that they intend to spend this off season, and a report on Wednesday revealed that the Wilpons made money with Madoff as opposed to losing money as so many had earlier reported.

That said, while the Mets should be “all in” on pitcher with so much potential, they’ll most likely sit on the sidelines and watch with the other small market teams. Unlike the Yankees, who could really use a 21 year old, lefthanded prospect that has a sinking 100 mph fastball and four other plus pitches, the Mets have no such need at this time. NOT!

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