Suppose that Bobby Abreu does miss the start of the regular season. If Juan Miranda has a strong spring training in Tampa, could he possibly play his way on to the Yankees Opening Day roster?
With Abreu down, there’s a chance that could mean more At Bats for Miranda to show his stuff this spring.
Let’s make it more interesting: Suppose that Miranda hits .450 this spring. And, suppose that Rico Bergman bats .080 and looks old. Would you then start Miranda at first to start the year? Or, does the A-Rod factor buy Rico an extra life-line?
Sometimes something as simple as a tweak in the side during BP can end up impacting more than just the player with the problem – it can open doors that were closed for another player and create position battles where they never existed for yet another one.
This suggestion would be an interesting development to watch. But, of course, Miranda has to hit to make it all happen.