In late July, Aroldis Chapman and Edwin Mejia appeared to be best friends together on a European vacation. Soon after Chapman's defection from the Cuban national team earlier that month in the Netherlands, he had paired up with Mejia -- an agent for Athletes Premier International -- and both had driven together to Barcelona, where Chapman would spend the next several weeks in a large house with a swimming pool in an affluent part of town. Mejia and Chapman spent their time there eating bountiful dinners and spending late nights in Barcelona bars or late nights at home playing video games. The days were spent training in a local baseball stadium and its weight room. In about a month, the lithe Chapman -- who rarely ate beef while living in Cuba, but in Spain was eating steak several nights a week -- had gained much-needed weight and appeared to be in excellent physical condition. Mejia was preparing Chapman for a tour of the United States where he would promote his client to major league teams in anticipation of a multi-million dollar contract -- somewhere around $50 million, Mejia had hoped.
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