Teams can bid on Chapman

Updated: September 25, 2009, 7:23 PM ET
By Jorge Arangure Jr. | ESPN The Magazine

Cuban pitcher Aroldis Chapman, who is considered one of the top prospects in the world, has been declared a free agent by Major League Baseball.

Teams can actively start bidding for Chapman.

"It has been a dream of mine to pitch in the major leagues," he said in a statement issued Friday by his agent, Edwin Mejia.

The New York Yankees have already shown interest in the Cuban lefty, whose fastball was clocked at 102 mph at the World Baseball Classic this year. It's also expected that teams such as the Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Angels and Los Angeles Dodgers will at least be in the mix. Chapman, 21, defected from the Cuban national team in August during a tournament in Rotterdam, the Netherlands and has been living in Barcelona, Spain.

Jorge Arangure Jr. is a senior writer for ESPN The Magazine.

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