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Aroldis Chapman: Grestest Off-Season Free Agent?

SAN DIEGO - MARCH 15: Aroldis Chapman #52 of team Cuba pitches against team Japan during the 2009 World Baseball Classic Round 2 Pool 1 match on March 15, 2009 at Petco Park in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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David O'BrienCorrespondent IOctober 28, 2009

Albertin Aroldis Chapman, said to be one of the greatest left-handed pitchers to come out of Cuba. Chapman pitched for the Cuban national team in the WBC.

Chapman defected from his nation over the summer. He escaped from a hotel in the Netherlands in early July.

He's had his fastball clocked at 100 MPH and is considered to be one of the greatest players who have yet to pitch in the majors. Although he does need to work on his control and needs a better off-speed pitch.

This year's free agent market has big names such as John Lackey, Matt Holliday, Chone Figgins and Jason Bay.

Chapman is now part of the MLB and is also a free agent. He is sought after by many teams willing to pay him a huge contract.

Teams interested are said to include the Yankees, Angels, Red Sox, White Sox, Cubs, Cardinals, Mets, Tigers, Mariners, and several other teams.

This will most likely come down to the Yankees and Red Sox bidding it out.

Aroldis was scheduled to pitch in a bullpen session at Fenway on Wednesday, but it was cancelled due to rain. There has been no word yet on if it will be rescheduled.

Chapman was invited to Game Six of the ALCS by Yankee's GM Brian Cashman.

His contract is expected to be anywhere between $30M-$60M.

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