The expenses resulted from API’s work helping Chapman defect from Cuba, set up residency in Andorra, gain free agency and start contract talks with major league teams, including the big-spending Red Sox [team stats].
API landed Chapman in July – a major signing for Mejia, a relative newcomer with no Major League Baseball players on his client list. Mejia reportedly had advised a junior college player who was a childhood friend of Chapman.
Yet four months later the 21-year-old hurler abruptly benched Mejia and signed on with the Texas-based Hendricks agency, whose past clients include Roger Clemens and Andy Pettite.
Chapman was hotly pursued by eight teams, ultimately agreeing Jan. 10 to a $30.25 million, six-year contract with the Cincinnati Reds.
Sports agents typically earn up to 5 percent of their clients’ salaries.
The lawsuit states that Mejia, a Boston attorney who started API in 2006, flew to the Netherlands last summer after receiving a request to help Chapman defect and become a pro baseball player.
After Chapman arrived in the United States, Mejia claims, the Hendricks agency made “unsolicited contact” with the pitching prospect and made “false and disparaging” statements about API and Mejia to steal the client.
The Hendricks agency, founded in 1970 by Randal and Alan Hendricks, has called the lawsuit “pure fiction and self-delusion.”