Yankee Shortstop Luis Aparicio? It could have happened

Luis AparicioFuture Hall of Famer Luis Aparicio was looking for a job during Spring Training 1974, having been released by the Boston Red Sox. In his last season, he hit .271 in 132 games and had 135 of his 2,677 hits that year. But he was about to turn 40 and his salary – I think it was just a tad higher than $100,000 — scared people. Aparicio’s agent approached the Yankees, but manager Bill Virdon didn’t want him. He had Jim Mason at shortstop (they spent about $100,000 to purchase his contract from Texas in 1973) and didn’t feel there was room for him at second base, where Horace Clarke was firmly entrenched. And they Yankees had Gene Michael to fill in. Aparicio didn’t hook up with any team. Was it the right move? We’ll never know.

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