Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports has tweeted that Cuban phenom Aroldis Chapman has agreed to a $30 million deal with a National League team. He does not give any insight as to who it is, except for that the lefty left Ft. Lauderdale Airport this morning to sign the deal.
-Chapman, who defected from Cuba last year, was one of the most coveted pitchers on the free agent market this off-season. He is a southpaw that can hit the gun at as high as 102 mph.
-The report comes as a little bit of a surprise, as it had been said that primarily only American League teams were interested in Chapman. The Blue Jays threw a $23 million offer at him, and it was anticipated the Angels would enter the bidding too.
-Some NL names that have been thrown around over the past few months are the Pirates, Cubs, Mets, and Phillies, but to say that any of them have inked him would be pure speculation at this point.
SFC will have more as we learn about the potential signing of Aroldis Chapman.
1:28 PM EST
Passan is now reporting the flight that Chapman took off from is Cincinnati-bound. One could only speculate the Reds, who are an entire dark horse in this race.