Otters lose Haddad, gain Higley

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.

–Gordon Engelhardt

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About Gordon Engelhardt

Many moons ago, I was a semipro baseball pitcher and my love for the grand old game continues unabated. I was lucky enough to cover the White Sox in the 1983 ALCS and the Cubbies in the 1984 NLCS while living in northern Illinois. I have covered several Cardinals games, but never in postseason.

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