Now that the New York Yankees season has coming to a shocking, absolutely futile and disappointing end, it is time for me to discuss who should not come back next year.
Starting off with the most controversial of them all- Alex Rodriguez. If you look at A-Rod’s numbers- .272 batting average, 18 home runs and 57 RBIs in 122 games are not bad for an average third baseman. But this is Alex Rodriguez- a 37-year old past his prime prima donna who will be owed $114 million over the next five years. It seems like this kind of money will be very difficult for Brian Cashman to move, but there is a chance that the Miami Marlins may be interested in talking about a possible trade. If they Yankees can get rid of A-Rod, by all means do! His postseason hitting troubles combined with his age and lack of production need to go.
Next up on my list is Nick Swisher. Let me be the first to say in the regular season I love Nick Swisher. Heck, I have a Nick Swisher jersey at home. As good as Swisher was this regular season (.272 average, 24 homers and 93 RBIs), he is just god awful in the postseason. If the Yankees want to be successful in the playoffs for years to come, Swisher needs to go, taking his horrible postseason hitting and fielding liabilities with him.
Last but not least is Curtis Granderson. I was against the trade for Granderson three years ago because I knew that Austin Jackson (yes, THE Austin Jackson who is currently the centerfielder for the World Series bound Tigers and batted .353 against the Yankees in the ALCS) was going to be pretty darn good one day. Instead, the Yankees trade for Granderson and turn him into a poor man’s Adam Dunn. Granderson has great speed, yet he didn’t get on base this year because he was only swinging for the fences. He was either a solo home run or a strikeout, posting a career high in strikeouts and a career low on-base percentage. Combine that with his postseason futility, Granderson needs to go as well.
If George Steinbrenner were alive today and saw this mess of a team, those would definitely be the first three players off the roster. Either way, Brian Cashman has a lot of work to do over the offseason.
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