Cuban left-hander Aroldis Chapman has signed a six-year deal with the Cincinnati Reds, who view him as an addition to their rotation down the road.
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The 21-year-old Chapman gained notoriety during the World Baseball Classic in March, when he pitched well against Australia and badly against Japan, throwing his fastball around 100 mph fastball. He's had control problems that he'll get a chance to work on in the minors.
Chapman defected in July. He threw a bullpen session for major league teams in Houston last month, and the Toronto Blue Jays, Florida Marlins and Boston Red Sox also were thought to be among his potential suitors.
Posted: 1/11/10 1:26PM ET