Eric Jagielo was doing a little work around the house a few days after Christmas when the caller ID on his cellphone screen flashed a New York number.
A minor leaguer in the New York Yankees organization at the time, Jagielo ignored the call with no idea that it was one that would change the course of his baseball life.
The caller was Brian Cashman, the general manager of the Yankees. He left a voicemail informing Jagielo that he had just been traded to the Cincinnati Reds in a Dec. 28, 2015, deal that sent star closer Aroldis Chapman to New York.
“I didn’t even know the team was in trade talks, or that my name was being thrown around,” Jagielo said. “When you hear it happen, it’s nervous excitement. It’s good to be part of a trade because someone wants you on their team, but you go into it not knowing what to expect.”
Jagielo, now entering his second season at third base with the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, the Double-A affiliate of the Reds, spent the second half of the 2015 season recovering from knee surgery after injuring himself sliding into home plate.
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