Nov
27

What’s next for Aroldis Chapman?

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After changing agents, there’s some questions about what’s next for Aroldis Chapman, but lucky Jorge Arangure is here to answer some of those questions. Chapman’s new representatives – the Hendricks Brothers – have him focusing solely on baseball, meaning there will be fewer interviews and appearances, and obviously they have more experience than his previous agent, the small-time Edwin Mejia. Of course, Mejia is likely to pursue some legal action since he’s going to lose out on a huge commission, though he probably won’t be able to do much more than recoup expenses.

One GM told Peter Gammons that dropping Mejia after he helped Chapman defect and become a free agent raised character questions, which is understandable. However, Mejia’s agency did post pictures of Chapman at a strip club on it’s Facebook page, which is kinda not cool considering the guy is trying to land a multi-million dollar contract and would (presumably) like to maintain a family friendly image. In the end, talent is talent, and if Lastings Milledge can still get taken in the first round after allegedly sexually assaulting a classmate, Chapman will still get his.

Categories : Asides, Hot Stove League
  • Mike

    Hey Chapman ! You never going to learn a change up in there !

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    One GM told Peter Gammons that dropping Mejia after he helped Chapman defect and become a free agent raised character questions, which is understandable.

    Why is that understandable? Because he dumped his tiny agency for a large, well established agency, he has character issues? Business is business.

    • http://pinstripepalace.blogspot.com/ Brien Jackson

      Mejia was clearly in over his head. Can’t fault a guy for swapping out for somebody who knows what they’re doing.

      Now, did Theo actually tell Gammons that or is he just making shit up?

      • Andy in Sunny Daytona

        Since Edwin Meija’s company was founded in Boston, and the Red Sox were the early favorite to sign him……I wonder who the mystery GM was?

      • Tom Zig

        making shit up.

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

        Mejia was clearly in over his head.

        What on Earth would make you say that? Don’t all agents post pictures of their clients in strip clubs?

        Mejia might think he got even with Chapman, but he just submarined his chances of getting future clients. If he worked for a real agency (Boras/Hendricks/Stienberg) and pulled a stunt like that, he’d be fired immediately and possibly sued for damages.

    • Stryker

      agree with this wholeheartedly. mejia helped chapman establish himself – now it’s time to get down to business and get this guy a deal. since there are some elite teams interested in signing this guy i think it’s a smart move on his part to hire people that know the game and know the people involved in the process.

  • Evil Empire

    I really don’t think any team is really going to hold it against him for going from a no-name to the Hendricks Bros. I’m sure Chapman feels much more confident about his future knowing that his baseball career is being overseen by well-regarded and experienced professionals. I’d probably have done the same thing if I was him.

    For Mejia, this was more than just a big commission check though. This was his ticket into becoming a legitimate professional baseball agent. He must be so frustrated/pissed/depressed.

    • http://pinstripepalace.blogspot.com/ Brien Jackson

      Chapman should probably be cool and give Mejia some sort of testimonial.

      • JMK aka The Overshare

        Um…why?

  • steve (different one)

    In the end, talent is talent, and if Lastings Milledge can still get taken in the first round after alledgedly sexually assualting a classmate, Chapman will still get his.

    sorry to nitpick, but these two situations are really nothing alike, are they?

    • Evil Empire

      Maybe Chapman sexually assaulted Mejia’s career?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      No, not really. But questions about character are usually overblown. In the end, they won’t affect a player’s career. Just look at Milton Bradley.

      • Tom Zig

        Albert Belle and Gary Sheffield too.

        • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

          Carl Everett says hello. Steve Howe would say hello too, but he’s dead.

          • JMK aka The Overshare

            For Christmas, I want a dinosaur!

      • http://pinstripepalace.blogspot.com/ Brien Jackson

        I don’t understand how this could even be considered a character issue though.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

          Well, Mejia helped him get out of Cuban, then put him up in Andorra for a while, then Chapman just kind of kicked him to the curb.

        • steve (different one)

          Mejia has been his agent for a while, did all the legwork up to this point, and (i assume) helped him defect from Cuba.

          then, right before it’s time to cash in, he drops the guy for someone who probably promised a little more money.

          i can see why it’s a little uncool, but i don’t think any team will care.

      • steve (different one)

        i get what you’re saying, and after reading it again, it seems like you were referring to “character issues” in general and comparing them Millege (and Buccholz [/gratuitous]).

        at first read, i thought you were comparing going to a strip club and the Millege situation.

  • steve (different one)

    also, i just clicked on the photos from the strip club that were taken in Boston.

    reason number 876,984 why NY >>> Boston…

    • X

      hahaa the guy in the back is wearing a snuggie? wtf

      • steve (different one)

        he’s getting a lapdance from Cookie Monster

        • Bob Stone

          Steve – I just left you a follow up comment to your reply in the last thread.

          • steve (different one)

            word, i gotcha.

        • JMK aka The Overshare

          Nice! IETC.

  • Reggie C.

    Character issues allowed us to draft Slade Heathcott after a number of teams passed. It doesnt appear evident that the Yankees front office puts much weight into character speculation/assassination.

    • steve (different one)

      was it actually Slade’s character or just his parents? i honestly don’t remember.

      • Reggie C.

        Both. The negative character talk was two-fold: academic issues with Slade, and, the parents’ issues with the legal system which of course is a matter completely out of Slade’s control.

        It doesn’t matter. I was ultimately trying to liken character speculation to character assassination, since that’s the arc most MSM outlets take.

  • fox

    i don’t want him in our pinstripes