Five Burning Questions for the New York Yankees this Offseason

Wild Card Game - Houston Astros v New York Yankees

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4.) What does Alex Rodriguez have left?

For a few months this season, Alex Rodriguez looked rejuvenated. Then reality hit, and hard. Rodriguez looked every bit like a 40-year-old with bad hips and a slow bat over the final two months of the season. The designated hitter was an All-Star candidate after a strong first half, but hit only .191 in August and September with nine home runs and 25 RBIs in 56 games. Rodriguez struck out in 59 of his 183 at-bats over the final two months of the season. The Yankee lineup ground to a halt as Rodriguez slumped.

The Yankees still have two more years of A-Rod to deal with, and if the final two months of the year are any indication, the end of the former MVP’s career is not going to be pretty. With Mark Teixeira and Carlos Beltran still on the roster for another year, and prospects Gregory Bird and Aaron Judge knocking on the door, the Yankees may need to pull the plug on Rodriguez and turn him into a platoon player. 

3 Responses

  1. mick

    The Yankees have a pretty good outfielder sitting on the bench. It’s time to give Slade Heathcott a look, a full season, and trade Brett Gardner, plus others, for a rotation ace.

  2. Michael Bradbury

    Nicely written (for an outsider) but you don’t know the in’s and out’s of this team. Evoldi was phenomenal before he got hurt. Better and better as the season went on and our ace at the time he went down. Hurt us a lot. He’s going to be very good.
    As is Severino. ;) Pineda is up and down but a good year for his first full season after major arm surgery. He could easily be an ace. As could Severino (probably) as could Evoldi. As could Tanaka. Fact is, next year this group could put it together and be one of the top rotations in baseball.
    You’re skeptical the Yanks will sit on their hands but you haven’t been paying close attention, including last season when we were in 1st place but with obvious needs that ended up killing us.
    And they didn’t trade for expensive aging stars……………………………….. ;)

  3. Les Schraeder

    I am just glad that you are a writer and not the Yankee G.M. Why push the panic button at this point in time? You call them penny pinchers and I say that they are merely using fiscal responsibility in restructuring their team. They should trade Gardner although they are not likely to get much for him at this point. After the contracts of Beltran and Teixeira expire at the end of next year they will have a few more options to address their weaknesses. The next year both C.C. and A-Rod drop off and that is when the team will flex their financial might. Until then lets just support what new direction that the team is headed.


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