Cuban defector Aroldis Chapman has an agreement to play with the Cincinnati Reds, multiple outlets reported on Sunday.
One source told ESPN The Magazine’s Jorge Arangure that the Reds expect to sign Chapman, a coveted left-handed pitcher, to a deal believed to be worth $30 million over five years.
Yahoo! Sports reported that Chapman agreed to a deal on Sunday morning. Other outlets reported the deal as well. The Reds called a news conference for noon on Monday.
Chapman’s representatives said Sunday afternoon that the deal is not done and would not confirm the team but did say the Reds are “possible.”
“We have to wait still,” agent Rodney Fernandez wrote to ESPN The Magazine in a text message in regard to a possible deal with the Reds. “It’s possible. We’ll see.”
Reports earlier last week had the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Angels in the bidding for Chapman.