Wednesday, March 27, 2013

David Adams Released to Free Up 40-Man Space

With Lyle Overbay being brought into Yankees camp last night, there is more of an urgency to free up space on the 40-man roster. David Adams was the latest victim of this need.

I have to admit I was a bit surprised to hear of Adams' release. The Yankees, it was said, really liked his bat and had moved him from second base (blocked by Robinson Cano) to third base (a crumbling Alex Rodriguez) to try to get him to the Majors quicker. But Adams has been bothered by injuries in his minor league career, the latest being a back issue that has kept him out of action in the grapefruit league.

My initial thought is that Adam's back is in bad shape and the Yankees don't feel he will be able to contribute any time soon. On top of that, despite an .825 OPS in his five minor league seasons, Adams played in just 154 games over the last three seasons due to a badly broken ankle and the ensuing recovery.

It's possible he could re-sign with the Yankees, but he would probably be better off moving to another organization where, if healthy, he could get to the Majors more quickly.

Here's an interview I did with Adams back in March, 2009.

Overbay got right into the action last night against the Houston Astros. When he entered the game he immediately had two ground balls hit to him. He made a nice spinning move on one and made a perfect toss to Joba Chamberlain covering first to get thout.

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