Adams Gets Second Opportunity With Yankees
NEW YORK—The Yankees hope there is still time for David Adams to be remembered
for something more than being part of the reason the Cliff Lee deal fell
apart in 2010.
With the Yankees and Mariners close to completing a proposed trade that had Jesus Montero and Hector Noesi going to Seattle along with Adams, the Mariners didn't like the medical report on Adams' right ankle. He was injured at the time of the deal.
The Mariners killed the trade and sent Lee to the Rangers.
On Aug. 2, 2010, Adams had surgery to remove three small bone chips. It has been a difficult road back for the third-round pick in the 2008 draft out of Virginia.
"After a long rehab he is playing as well or better than before he was hurt," vice president Mark Newman said.
Adams hit .309/.393/.507 in 39 games for Double-A Trenton in 2010. The following season Adams played in just 29 games between the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League and high Class A Tampa. This past spring training Adams took it slow and was used as a DH early in Trenton's season.
"Now he is back to playing second base," Newman said.
As of late July, Adams was batting .320/.388/.438 with four home runs in 56 games, including 37 at second.
"It has taken a while for him to feel comfortable," Newman said of Adams' re-adjustment to playing second. Never a very fast runner, Adams' speed hasn't completely returned, Newman said.
Robinson Cano seems like he will sign a long-term deal in the near future, and Corban Joseph has played second in Triple-A, leaving open the chance that Adams will move to third where, unlike Joseph, he has enough arm strength.
"We have played him at third in the past and he is athletic enough to play the outfield," Newman said.
• Promoted from low Class A Charleston to Tampa in early July, Tyler Austin appeared in one game and sustained a concussion. He returned after a week off.
• Center fielder Ravel Santana was one of the organization's top prospects last year in the Gulf Coast League, but he has struggled with short-season Staten Island, where he was batting .222/.327/.300 with 33 strikeouts in 26 games.