Some people start buying furniture for a new house and then find out the financing fell through. Others visualize growing old together with someone and then get the break-up call.
For Orioles reliever Cody Carroll, he’d envisioned a future with the New York Yankees. He was as close as anyone to reaching the major leagues, with a 2.38 ERA and a 3-0 record with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate. In July, he allowed three hits in 10 innings. He was so close to the Bronx he could taste it.
Then, at the trade deadline, all of that went away.
“I was in shock. I really didn’t know what was going to happen,” Carroll said. “Usually, you kind of have an...