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.”
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).