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.