It should come as no surprise, but it seems the Yankees could be on the verge of a meeting with top international free agent Aroldis Chapman, a 21-year-old left-handed pitcher out of Cuba.
There is a report that Chapman is coming to the United States to meet with several teams next week, with the Yankees “expected” to be one of the suitors. I talked to Brain Cashman briefly this afternoon, but Cashman wouldn’t comfirm whether a meeting is scheduled.
“It’s not in my best interest to talk about it,” he said.
It seems a good bet, though, that the Yankees will be involved. Chapman is one of the most highly touted prospects to hit the international market, and the Yankees have already been significant international bidders this year. In July they signed Dominican catcher Gary Sanchez for what was reported to be a $3 million bonus, the largest the Yankees had ever given to a position player.