New York, NY (Sports Network) - Third baseman Drew Henson cleared waivers from the New York Yankees on Monday without being claimed by another team, making the one-time university of Michigan quarterback a baseball free agent.
Drafted by the Houston Texans in the sixth round of last year's NFL Draft, the 23-year old agreed last week to forfeit the full $12 million remaining on the six-year, $17 million contract he agreed to with the Yankees in 2001. Abandoning his baseball future will allow Henson to pursue a career as an NFL quarterback.
The 6-foot-5, 222-pound Henson hit just .234 with 14 home runs and 122 strikeouts last season at Triple-A Columbus, his third year at that level. He also committed 28 errors. Henson, who will turn 24 on February 13, was never seriously considered to step in at third base when Yankee starter Aaron Boone suffered a serious knee injury last month.
Once a teammate of current New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady at Michigan, Henson threw for 2,946 yards in three seasons for the Wolverines.
The Texans, with David Carr already cemented as their starting quarterback, will hold an open workout on February 12 to allow Henson to showcase his skills to other NFL teams. Houston will apparently search for the best offer for Henson, with Dallas, Miami, Pittsburgh, Buffalo and Kansas City expected to be in the running for his services.
Boone is scheduled to have exploratory arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Tuesday. Boone injured his knee during a pickup basketball game on January 16.