At this point, it costs more to get Bo Jackson's baseball card than it does to get him.
For only $1, any team can claim him off the waiver wire. But where he winds up and whether he ever plays again are million-dollar questions.The Kansas City Royals thought he was a bust because of a hip injury sustained in the NFL playoffs, and they released him. The Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Yankees, among others, might see him as a bargain, no matter the price.
The Yankees, anxious to get Jackson for nearly a decade, got the first shot Tuesday when he went on waivers. Because Jackson was waived by an American League team and because the Yankees finished last in that league, their claim would take precedence over all others.
"We're looking into it, trying to get the facts on it," Yankees executive vice president Leonard Kleinman said. "When we get them, we'll look into it."
Jackson, however, can reject the team that claims him. In that case, he would become a free agent and could make any deal he wants.
If that happened, look for the Dodgers to be right there waiting to sign him.
Jackson said the Dodgers and Yankees would be among the teams he'd like to play for. But, for a lot of reasons, Los Angeles likely would be his No. 1 choice, with everyone else a distant second.
"Bo is extremely talented," Dodgers general manager Fred Claire said. "We would have interest, like we would in any player that was available."
The Dodgers spent millions in the off-season for free-agent outfielders Darryl Strawberry and Brett Butler. They also have Kal Daniels in the outfield, but the prospect of adding the two-sport star would be a natural for the team, the city, the player and his family.
Jackson's agent, Richard Woods, said some teams called Tuesday to ask about Jackson, whose hip injury two months ago threw his future into doubt. Woods did not identify which teams called, but said the Yankees were not among them.
"I expect he will be claimed by someone, but I wouldn't be surprised if he isn't," Woods said. "A team will have to make a $2.375 million gamble that they're right. But we think it's worth it."
Jackson, meanwhile, will wait and see.