At this time last year, Joba Chamberlain was playing winter ball in Hawaii. Most Yankee fans knew him only as a name on a list of drafted players. He wasn’t even invited to spring training.
The same was true of Ian Kennedy. Shelley Duncan? Big kid, big swing, no chance. That was the book on him.
The point is that things change quickly. The Yankees have invested a ton of money in amateur players in recent seasons. They drafted a big switch-hitting third baseman of Texas last June named Brad Suttle and gave him $1.3 million to sign. He’s in Hawaii now learning the pro game.
The Yankees aren’t going to blow things up because their egocentric third baseman opted out. They still have Jeter, Abreu, Cano, Cabrera, Damon, Matsui and four good young starters in Wang, Chamberlain, Hughes and Kennedy.
One door closes, another one opens. Brad Suttle probably wondered what position he would be switching to. Now he can has an opportunity.
The Yankees will offer Rodriguez arbitration, he’ll refuse and they’ll get a couple of draft picks for him. They’ll add two extra kids next June and the process will continue.
Robbie Cano did a radio show today. He found out that A-Rod opted out from one of this friends. Alex didn’t even call a teammate he claimed to care so much about. Class guy.