Shawn Chacon was officially let go by the Astro's following an incident where he attacked his general manager. Chacon admitted to the attack and explained that he choked and threw down his GM, before other players broke it up. According to Tyler Kepner's blog, Derek Jeter would vouch for Shawn Chacon's character if he were to come to the Yankees. Here's the quote from the blog:
“Chac’s a friend of mine,” Jeter said. “I see Chac in the off-season. I wouldn’t have a problem with him. I think people need to find out all the details. Yeah, it doesn’t look good, doesn’t sound good, but I don’t know what happened. I can’t picture it happening, knowing him like I know him.”
Jeter also went on to explain that it may have been a misunderstanding between Chacon or "Chac" as Jeter calls him, and the GM.
"Here in the Yankee clubhouse, we like to wrestle a lot. We play a game where we go up to a teammate and choke slam them when they least expect it. Its a lot of fun. Just ask Pavano."
Chacon who spent parts of his 2005 and 2006 season with the Yankees, remembered the game, and wanted to try and play it with his new GM.
"We'll just say that the GM lost that round." Concluded Jeter.
Although the Yankees have found someone to vouch for Chacon, they are still searching for someone to vouch for Sydney Ponson.