For the past three years, among Yankees fans the name David Adams has lived only in infamy.
After all, he is the player who, fairly or unfairly, is often blamed for the Yankees' failure to acquire Cliff Lee at the 2010 trade deadline. According to reports, Adams was to be included in a package with Jesus Montero and Zach McAllister that would be shipped off to Seattle in exchange for Lee, the 2008 Cy Young Award winner.
But Seattle balked after getting a look at the medical reports on Adams' ankle, and Lee was shipped off to Texas instead.
Ever since, Yankees fans have wondered how the team's history might have been affected if the deal had gone through.
But now, with Alex Rodriguez out until the All-Star break at least, and Kevin Youkilis perhaps headed for the disabled list as early as this morning, Yankees fans may yet have the opportunity to celebrate the Trade That Never Happened.
Because if Youkilis is down for any length of time, even the 15-day minimum for a DL stay, David Adams is probably not only the best alternative they have right now, he is essentially the only alternative. With Ronnier Mustelier still playing his way back into shape in extended spring-training games, the Yankees have no one else who can step in and take some of the load off Jayson Nix, who has been forced into everyday service at third base.
And if nothing else, the Yankees would be striking while the iron is hot; right now, Adams is batting .327 for the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, and his on-base percentage is an eye-popping .417. His OPS of .878 is the highest among the SWB regulars. He doesn't have a whole lot of power, just one home run and four RBIs, but beggars can't be choosers and right now, the Yankees are beggars.
Incredibly enough, as late as March 26, it appeared that Adams' Yankees career had come to an end; the team released him to clear space on the 40-man roster for Vernon Wells.
But they re-signed him three days later and now, he and Wells may be teammates in the Bronx this week, a scenario that would have seemed ridiculous little more than a month ago.
Now, it is not only conceivable, it may be unavoidable. And who knows? A month from now, we all might be thanking the Seattle Mariners for rejecting the guy who became the Yankees' starting third baseman.
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UP NOW: My blog on last night's 9-1 loss to the Astros, and the affect it had on Andy Pettitte's digestive system. Also, some postgame notes from what was a rather quiet clubhouse.
ON DECK: Game 2 of this three-game series with the Astros, Hiroki Kuroda (3-1, 2.79) facing RHP Philip Humber (0-5, 7.99), first pitch at 7:05 p.m. Andrew Marchand will be on the scene when the clubhouse opens at 3:20 p.m. He'll have the lineup and whatever news there is about Youkilis, et al., soon afterward, so check in often. And as always, thank you for choosing ESPNNewYork.com for all your Yankees news.