So Aroldis Chapman has indeed defected (while in Europe with the Cuban national team). ESPN thinks he'll be with a ML organization by next year, and has a quote from Yankee senior VP Mark Newman saying that Chapman will draw interest from the Yanks. Preliminary assumptions put Chapman's initial contract between $30 and $60 million! Jose Contreras got $32 million for four years, but was considerably older. (h/t to BPro)
- Praise Jesus! 2-5 with another homer (that's four straight games).