Well, Drayton actually told the truth – the announcement wasn’t a hiring/firing. Aaron Boone will not be playing this season because he has to have heart surgery. Fortunately, he isn’t sick or ill and he is an athlete in good shape, so he should do fine. BUT, it is enough to prevent him from playing baseball this year.
Good luck Aaron, hope the surgery is successful.
His 750K is guaranteed, but it really is a drop in the bucket, not like losing, say, Carlos Lee. But anyway, this does mean that Chris Johnson has a VERY good chance to make the team, seeing as how Drayton is opposed to going and buying any other 3B – not that one is available. (Drew Sutton also would have a decent chance of playing there, in case Johnson fails.)
But actually, speaking of available, it just might could be that Miggy will be moved to third and someone else would play short. It would really have to be either Manzella or Maysonnet, who are real actual SS, as no one else is actually good enough to play short as a full time position.
It is, of course, possible that we would try to trade for some other ML SS, but it would cost $$$ and unless it is someone who would make a big splash, as Pudge did, I seriously doubt Drayton would spend any more money.