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Chapman defected, Cuba says

Updated: July 10, 2009, 12:35 PM ET
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HAVANA -- Cuba has acknowledged the defection of pitcher Aroldis Chapman, a week after he walked away from a tournament in the Netherlands.

The Communist Party daily Granma said Friday that Chapman has hired baseball agent Jaime Torres to represent him, though Torres refuted the report.

"I wish," Torres told ESPN The Magazine's Jorge Arangure Jr., when asked if he were representing Chapman. "I haven't had any contact. I heard rumors that he's still in Spain but I don't know what he's ...

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