One of the most intriguing storylines of this baseball offseason is where Cuban defector Aroldis Chapman would end up.
Would it be one of the usual suspects like the Yankees, Red Sox or Mets?
Or how about the Cincinnati Reds?
Against all known odds, the left-hander agreed to a five-year, $30 million deal with Cincy on Sunday. Then again, he has defied convention before. Chapman actually defected to Andorra, so he is technically going to be the first Andorran player in big league history. (And if you don’t know where Andorra is, obviously you have never used a magnifying glass when scouring a map of Europe).
There are several great ironies here, with the most notable being that he left his home country to flee from the red commies only to end being a Red himself. And he’ll do so at the Great American Ballpark. Which, we should note, won’t do wonders for his earned run average.
Oh, did we forget to mention that his manager will be Dusty Baker? Did someone forget to tell his agent what Dusty does to promising young arms? Perhaps he would be better off sticking with Castro.