Limited Kids Dwight Clark Jersey More than 99 percent of minor league baseball players can be put into one of three buckets. Some are real prospects with a chance at one day hacking it in the majors. Other players are organizational roster fillers — org guys, as scouts might call them — with no real hope of a big league career. Others are what you might call Quad-A players who spend their time shuttling between the bigs and AAA.
There’s a fourth bucket: athletes from other sports who try to make the mid-career switch from some other sport to baseball. I want to talk about two of those players.
The best player in basketball retired in 1993 and tried his hand on the diamond in 1994. Jordan’s tenure in pro baseball was fascinating, but it didn’t last long. He played one season with the White Sox’ Double-A affiliate, the Birmingham Barons. (Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf also owns the Bulls.) He was back on the hardwood in 1995.
His floor is probably as an average major league starter, after all, which is valuable, especially when paired with a pre-arbitration contract.
You know what team would be really, really into a solid major leaguer at bargain rates? The Mets. Because they’re still screwed up by a Ponzi scheme from years ago, and they probably will be for a while. They are a long way from harnessing the power that should come from playing in the biggest media market in the country, and they need all the cheap players they can get.
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What they would want to trade Lugo, then, is either to a) have secret doubts about his durability and have a reason to sell high, or b) be overwhelmed with an offer they can’t refuse. There’s no evidence for the first one, so I would assume the Mets wouldn’t trade Lugo unless they were planning on restocking the farm or filling immediate needs in the lineup.