Chapman to throw side session for clubs

Chapman to throw side session for clubs

INDIANAPOLIS -- One of the most intriguing arms races of this Hot Stove season figures to intensify next week in Houston, when Cuban left-hander Aroldis Chapman throws a side session in front of several Major League teams.

Randy Hendricks, who represents Chapman, confirmed that the Red Sox, Yankees and Angels will both be on hand, adding further spice to the sweepstakes for a pitcher who has been clocked at 100 mph.

The big questions regarding the 21-year-old Chapman at this point are this: How close to Major League ready is he? What type of salary will he command given his unproven track record?

Aside from the Red Sox and Yankees, who seem to be in on every big international free agent, the Orioles and Tigers have also shown interest in adding Chapman, while the Phillies and Royals say the pitcher is at least on their radar.

"He's going to do a bullpen session, so we'll see it," said Yankees general manager Brian Cashman. "We've seen him pitch internationally, so we'll take a look at that."

Chapman visited the Red Sox at Fenway Park back in November. The Orioles recently had discussions with his representatives.

ESPN.com recently quoted an anonymous MLB executive who felt Chapman would get a deal comparable to the four-year, $15.1 million pact that Stephen Strasburg, the top overall pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, signed with the Washington Nationals.

Chapman defected from Cuba in July and participated in the World Baseball Classic in March. He switched agents, from the lesser-known Athletes Premier International to the Hendricks brothers -- Randy and Alan -- a couple of weeks ago.

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.