The new "It" guy will soon be a Free Agent:
Aroldis Chapman, the Cuban defector considered to be one of the top pitching prospects in the world, petitioned Major League Baseball for free-agency status recently and is likely only weeks from becoming a free agent, according to his agent.
Early Monday, Chapman's representatives announced that the left-hander has established residency in Andorra, a tiny country of about 84,000 that borders Spain and France.
By establishing residency outside the United States, the 21-year-old Chapman avoids being subject to baseball's amateur draft. MLB must study his residency and legal paperwork before declaring him a free agent.
Since Chapman has a passport -- a rarity for Cuban defectors -- MLB is not expected to take much time in determining his free-agent status. Chapman's passport helps verify his identity and allows him to immediately apply for a visa to play in the United States. Once he is declared a free agent, teams can officially work him out and begin bidding for his services.
In an interview with ESPN in August, [Chapman's agent Edwin] Mejia said teams would have to come to Europe to work out the pitcher.
How high will the bidding go? And let's remember, this is not a polished professional. Chapman is raw, albeit raw with absolutely sick physical tools. I see another Red Sox-Yankees bidding war in the not too distant future.