Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Posted by el duque at 10:02 AM
On July 28, hours before the MLB trade deadline, Roberts was hitting .237 - Ruthian by today's Yankee standards for 2B. But a little-known clause was coming into effect. Roberts had 348 plate appearances, and a few more would have meant receiving a nice bonus. On the eve of those plate appearances, the Yankees waived Roberts, and the YES memory machine soon erased his name from our minds.
I can't help but wonder if the Yankees and Stephen Drew are sitting on a similar situation. Last winter, Drew signed for $5 million - a one-year deal, designed to re-establish his career. If he were now hitting well, $5 million would be a steal for a starting SS or 2B. Until last night, Drew has stunk out the joint. Maybe he'll turn the corner, maybe not.
But unbeknownst to all of us, a bonus clause somewhere in his contract might cause the Yankees to cut bait... or keep him... until it comes into effect.
It's a passion to us. It's a business to Hal.