Had a column been written in January 2012 advocating the Yankees contemplate buying and selling Manuel Banuelos, the overall response would have been outrage. Fans love “Next!’ — the touted participant who’s going to be a star.
Players who haven’t been seen by most people are deemed “untouchable” primarily based mostly on rankings in publications — plus creativeness and hope.
A decade later — Jan. 8, 2022 to be exact — the Yankees signed Banuelos to a minor league contract. He’ll be 31 in March and re-arrives (virtually 14 years after first signing with the Yankees as a youngster) having made it into 23 main league video games mixed from the 2015 and 2019 seasons. His ERA was 6.31.
It’s a reminder that not each Banuelos, Jesus Montero or Ruben Rivera seems to be the Next Mickey Mantle — a title truly as soon as given to Rivera, whose proximity to the Hall of Fame was that he’s Mariano Rivera’s cousin and was launched by the Yankees in 2002 after stealing a glove and bat from Derek Jeter’s locker to promote to a memorabilia seller.