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Chapman signs with agent

7/13/2009 - MLB

ST. LOUIS -- Cuban pitcher Aroldis Chapman, who defected this month after arriving with his national team for a tournament in the Netherlands, has signed with an agent.

Chapman will be represented by Athletes Premier International, which is headed by Edwin Leonel Mejia. If Chapman follows the path of previous Cuban baseball players who defected, he would establish residency outside the United States and become a free agent, able to sign with any of the 30 major league teams.

Chapman is currently in Europe, a spokesman for the agency told ESPN The Magazine's Jorge Arangure Jr.

"I am very excited to be starting a new chapter in my life and have Edwin and the rest of the team at Athletes Premier by my side to help me realize my dreams," Chapman said in a statement Monday.

Chapman pitched twice for Cuba in this year's World Baseball Classic.

Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.