• Duncan, Others, Exposed To Rule 5 Draft

    Posted by on November 29th, 2007 · Comments (2)

    From Pete Caldera

    Until now, Eric Duncan has lived the ultimate boyhood dream of any Yankees fan.

    He was a first-round draft pick by his favorite team out of Seton Hall Prep, and a non-roster invitee to big league camp the past two springs – moving easily about a clubhouse full of pinstriped stars.

    The next logical step was a place on the 40-man roster, but that’s where the dream hit a bump.

    Left unprotected by the Yankees, Duncan will be exposed to next week’s Rule 5 draft, when he can be claimed by any of the other 29 clubs. But as the day approaches, Duncan has dealt with mixed feelings with a dose of realism.

    “I don’t want to leave the Yankees, they’ve been nothing but great for me,” Duncan said. “But the Rule 5 draft was created to aid the player.”

    Steven Jackson and Brett Smith are reported to be exposed as well.

    Chad Jennings thinks that someone might take a flier on Jackson.

    Me? I think Duncan is not going. But, it would not shock me to see a team like the Pirates, Nationals or Marlins drop a coin on Brett Smith to give him a look-see this Spring. If it doesn’t work out, they just return him. But, if they see something that they like, those teams could afford to carry him for a year (and not be killed by having him doing so-so in 2008).

    Comments on Duncan, Others, Exposed To Rule 5 Draft

    1. minikraft
      November 29th, 2007 | 11:36 am

      I’d hate to see the Shelkman go, if hes not around to share the PEDs to help us win, who will be, oh wait, the giambino.

    2. baileywalk
      November 29th, 2007 | 11:49 am

      I don’t think there’s any worry about Smith. He fell apart. Jackson wasn’t very impressive, either. I can’t imagine a team would take Eric Duncan and keep him on their roster for the year. He made strides with the bat, but he’s still young, and I would be surprised if someone made that commitment.

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