Aroldis Chapman, after leaving the New York Yankees for the Kansas City Royals, might suit up for another new team before he ever gets to spring training in Surprise, AZ.
That new team is also a surprise, and also a very fitting option, considering the lanky left-hander wouldn't be the only person walking through the locker room who might be called "Old Chap."
Reporter Yordano Carmona caught up with Chapman for his first sit-down since leaving the Yanks, and it seems like he might be immediately defecting to the Brits. True Revolutionary War throwback there.
The 34-year-old Cuban Missile is apparently interested in participating in the World Baseball Classic, but he won't be doing so for Team Cuba after his defection to MLB. Instead, Chapman has ended up on Great Britain's 50-man roster, though it's not known if he's going to actively participate.
Former Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman could pitch for Great Britain, not Cuba, in World Baseball Classic
Sadly, unless Great Britain can guarantee him a roster spot for the knockout stage, he's abandoning the team and heading to Miami.
According to the latest scuttlebutt, Chapman was hoping to sign with the Marlins anyway, but the Fish were outbid by both the Royals and Padres. He declined San Diego's richer offer to link up with the Royals, where he'll be given a chance to close (and, let's face it, will probably be traded at the deadline).
Before he ever gets to Royals camp, though, he might be hobnobbing with a different brand of royals. God Save the Queen, and God Help Whoever's Seated Behind Home Plate When Chapman's Warming Up. Better hope that netting is stronger and less crooked than your average set of English teeth.
Great Britain's first game of WBC play comes against Team USA at Chase Field in Arizona on March 11. Chapman might dominate, or he might get pounded. Luckily, in the UK, pounds can be exchanged for good and services.