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Aroldis Chapman (Source: Getty Images)
Aroldis Chapman (Source: Getty Images)

Cuban left-hander Aroldis Chapman is in the States meeting with interested teams hoping to get a feel for how teams project him long-term. 

Chapman, 21, reportedly has a fastball that can hit 99 mph on the radar gun.

The Red Sox are among a list of at least 10 teams that include the Yankees, Athletics, Mariners, Tigers, and Cardinals, among others. The Boston Globe suggests that the Red Sox may have the inside track on the young lefty because Chapman's former teammate, Red Sox prospect Jose Iglesias, is currently climbing the ranks in the Red Sox farm system.

Chapman will certainly need time in the minor leagues to develop his secondary pitches. Not only that, but several teams differ on whether Chapman's future is in the rotation or in the bullpen.

With the World Series underway, expect his decision to come early next month.  

Also, the Seibu Lions were rewarded the negotiating rights of pitcher Yusei Kikuchi, who spurned the U.S. to stay in his native Japan.