Aroldis changes representation ahead of '15 season

Aroldis changes representation ahead of '15 season

CINCINNATI -- Reds closer Aroldis Chapman has switched agents and is now represented by Relativity Baseball, MLB.com confirmed on Tuesday. Chapman was previously represented by Hendricks Sports.

As part of the six-year, $30.25 million contract he signed with the Reds in 2010 after defecting from Cuba, Chapman had the option to enter into arbitration for the first time last winter. He avoided the hearing with a one-year, $5 million contract.

A three-time National League All-Star from 2012-14, Chapman will be second-year eligible for arbitration this offseason and become a free agent for the first time after the 2016 season.

Following his late start to the season after being struck in the face by a line drive during Spring Training, Chapman had one of best seasons in the Majors in 2014. He posted a 2.00 ERA in 54 games with 36 saves in 38 chances. Over 54 innings, he had a 17.7 strikeouts-per-nine-innings ratio and a 0.8333 WHIP.

Chapman, 26, became the first pitcher to average 100 mph (100.3 exactly) during a season as recorded by Pitch F/X.

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