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Cuban LHP changes agents

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  November 21, 2009 04:29 PM

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Aroldis Chapman, the Cuban lefthander said to have a 100-mph fastball, has changed agents.

Chapman has dumped Boston native Edwin Meija and signed with the Hendricks Brothers. Accompanied by Meija, Chapman visited Fenway Park last month. The 21-year-old has drawn interest from a number of teams including the Red Sox, Yankees, Mets and Angels.

Meija's agency put out this statement:

"Athletes Premier International is greatly surprised and deeply disappointed that Aroldis Chapman has decided to change agents. The agency has put forth a lot of time and effort towards helping him achieve his goal of becoming a major league pitcher and he gave us no indication that he was unhappy with our advice or the way he was treated. We will have more to say about this matter at a later date, but in the meantime we wish Aroldis luck in his future endeavors."

Chapman defected from Cuba during the summer and assisted by Meija, established residency in the small European nation of Andorra. That led to his being granted free agency by Major League Baseball.

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