If you’re looking for things that might help the Yankees end up signing Cuban pitcher Aroldis Chapman, here’s a tiny nugget: Chapman has dropped his original agent, Edwin Mejia, and joined up with Randy and Alan Hendricks, who represent – among others – Andy Pettitte.
The timing for Chapman’s decision is a little surprising considering Mejia did guide him through the post-defection process and helped him earn free agent status with MLB, but Chapman has opted to go with a more established agency. It’s possible that Chapman was interested in the Hendricks agency because they represent Angels first baseman Kendry Morales, another Cuban defector. The Yankees have worked with the Hendricks Bros., who also represented Roger Clemens, on numerous deals.
Chapman is 21 years old and his fastball has been clocked at over 100 mph. The Yankees and Red Sox are said to lead the pack of teams interested in him.