Easy come, easy go.
The Evansville Otters lost Radley Haddad to the New York Yankees before he even played a game in the Frontier League.
Haddad, a catcher-first baseman-outfielder, impressed the Otters’ coaching staff during Monday’s tryout. A native of Carmel, Ind., Haddad was en route to Evansville on Friday to sign a contract with the Otters. But on the way to Bosse Field, he received a call from the Yankees and he accepted their contract offer.
“Radley had a great tryout for us, standing out among the other talented catchers,” Otters manager Andy McCauley said in a written statement. “We are happy for Radley and wish him the best in his baseball career.”
Only a couple of days earlier, Evansville lost first baseman Andrew Clark to the Yanks. He was one of only a handful of players to report directly to Double-A Trenton.
While they lost Haddad and Clark, the Otters landed outfielder J.R. Higley on Saturday. He was a six-year veteran of the Washington Nationals organization and has Triple-A experience. He was a ninth-round selection of the Nats in 2008.