Aroldis Chapman knew he was in serious trouble.
Caught trying to escape Cuba in March 2008, he had put his baseball career — and possibly his family's future — in jeopardy. At just 20 years old, he worried about his parents, the reaction of his countrymen and whether he had destroyed his dream of one day pitching in the major leagues.
"Everybody calls you a traitor when that happens," Chapman said in a sworn deposition in 2013. "I thought I was not going to play any more baseball."
But Chapman — now the Cubs' star closer — suited up again for the Cuban national team in less than a year, a shorter penalty than typically...