Cuban lefthander Aroldis Chapman could be headed north of the border.
The Spanish newspaper El Nuevo Herald reported Friday that the Blue Jays have offered the hard-throwing Chapman, who defected from Cuba in August and was declared a free agent in September, a $23- million contract.
It was the third reported offer made to the lefty, whose fastball was clocked as high as 102 mph in the World Baseball Classic. The Red Sox and Marlins are the other teams reported to have made offers.
Both teams were among the 15 organizations that attended a private workout held by Chapman's new agents, Randy and Alan Hendricks, in Houston Dec. 15. Neither club was impressed enough to make a big-money offer to a pitcher who has a live arm but plenty of question marks and in no way is considered major league-ready.
"He has a very good arm, but he's got a ways to go to be a pitcher [in the majors]," one talent evaluator said.
Other teams said to be in the running for Chapman are the A's, Nationals and Angels.
Notes & quotes: The Mets claimed LHP Jay Marshall off waivers from Oakland . . . Yankees minor-league pitcher Rony Bautista was suspended for 50 games after an initial positive test for performance-enhancing drugs. Bautista tested positive for a metabolite of Boldenone.