New York Yankees

While Alex Rodriguez provided a great comeback story one year ago, he is nothing but a detrimental clog on a current New York Yankees roster striving to contend.

Anything involving Alex Rodriguez is a headline. When the New York Yankees bench him, it becomes a circus.

With that said, this time it does not have to be. The New York Yankees have a situation on their hands with an aging superstar and with that comes the opportunity to resolve it quick and peacefully rather than in dramatically dragged out fashion.

The Yanks are about to head to a National League park with essentially a 23-man roster.

With the productive Carlos Beltran ailing, the club would be willing to deal with a one clogged roster spot. On the other hand, they have a perfectly healthy A-Rod who cannot run and cannot field. As of late, he cannot hit either.

It is time to send Rodriguez and his .219/.257/.382 slash packing. Having entered the month of July, the sample size is large enough by now. In a week and a half the all-star festivities will be in full swing.

For a full-time DH, and full-time in the truest sense of word, he is simply not getting the job done. He brings absolutely no additional value to a roster other than his bat, and right now he lacks that as well.

Without A-Rod, the Yankees become substantially more flexible. With him they remain as stiff as his 40-year-old legs.

This is not four years ago. If the Yanks had the ability to let him loose when he was unproductive in the 2012 season, or in the midst of steroid allegations in 2013, they would have. They were simply tied up in too much of a financial commitment.

2017 was the magical year when the brutal contract would come to an end, and it seemed centuries away. However, the approximate $30 million the Yankees still owe Rodriguez is a walk in the park at this point.

The money would be more well spent with him off the roster as opposed to being on it.

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That remaining portion would not be burned, it would symbolize something greater than money thrown at the aging slugger.

It would symbolize a drive towards the future combined with the desire to win now. With Beltran receiving the majority of DH time, he would be handed the greatest opportunity to stay on his 39 homer, 110 RBI pace. While it would help him, he would not be entitled to all of the DH at-bats.

Sliding Beltran back into right field once or twice a week would mean keeping Mark Teixeira healthy, giving Brian McCann extra at-bats, giving valuable and far more consistent playing time to Aaron Hicks, and the inevitable summoning of the red-hot Aaron Judge from Triple-A Scranton.

If Judge’s torrent power was to translate to the bigs, a formula would be in place for instant team success.

All of this would be possible with Rodriguez off the roster. With him residing on the 25-man, absolutely none of it is. Even keeping him on the bench hampers flexibility as he would be detrimental to offensive depth.

Simply put: the move makes sense.

The Yankee organization no longer owes A-Rod. In what has clearly been a rough relationship between the two sides within the last five years, Hal Steinbrenner and Brian Cashman were generous enough to give him another undeserved chance last year.

Sure, he seized the opportunity. He was one of the main reasons the Yankees won 87 games and appeared in the postseason for a one-game stint. For that, both sides are positioned to move on.

His 33 homer, 86 RBI output in an incredible comeback year was probably his last hurrah, and now it is no longer the name nor the storylines that can get in the organization’s way.

Let him collect his 700th big league home run elsewhere. As a matter of fact, let him have a revitalization elsewhere.

Despite all of the sideshow, his 11-plus year tenure in the Bronx has been productive and meaningful. With that said, it has been worn out.

All things, good or bad, must come to an end. If the franchise truly wants to turn a recent hint of success into contention in 2016 while seeing what they have in store for years to come, withdrawing from a shaky marriage that has lasted over a decade is not only the best option, it is the only option.

Although the layover will be massive, it is inevitable. Now is the time to get that out of the way, move on, and ultimately make a hard fought drive towards the postseason.

Now is the time, and executing the task in a timely manner remains on the front office’s plate.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. People who write things like:
    “This is not four years ago. If the Yanks had the ability to let him loose when he was unproductive in the 2012 season, or in the midst of steroid allegations in 2013, they would have”

    Aren’t very bright.

    They don’t understand a big difference bw being overpaid and worthless.
    Arod was overpaid those years but he still had value and the Yankees would have been complete idiots to release him then just to turn around and pay someone (like kevin youkalis) 10 million a year to play worse than him.

    Either way they were paying arod and he was still a productive player- just not worth 25 mil a year. Not to mention he sells tickets.Last year Billy Butler signed a 3 year 30 mil dollar deal to be a bad dh. But yes arod in 2012 wasn’t even worth the league minumum- where do you come up with this garbage?

    The Yankees paid Youkalis 12 mil for one year when he was terrible, paid prorated 15 mil for stephen drew then after he hit .200 5 mil for drew, gave a washed up vernon wells 14 mil for what amounted to one awful year, gave a washed ichiro 14 mil for 2 years and pay chase headly 13 mil a year. So why would they have released arod in 2012 when he was an average player?

    Now if you want to make the case he’s washed up now and they should release him in 2016 that’s valid.Obviously they hope he has one last resurgance since they’re paying him 20 mil. after all beltran looked done as did ortiz not long ago.And let’s not pretend the rest of this team is tearing the cover off the ball either.

    As far as

    “Sliding Beltran back into right field once or twice a week would mean keeping Mark Teixeira healthy, giving Brian McCann extra at-bats, giving valuable and far more consistent playing time to Aaron Hicks, ”

    More comedy. The only reason to release Arod would be to make beltran a full time dh. As bad as arod has been this year what’s so great about Tex this year? he’s been awful as well.

    Consistent playing time for aaron hicks is more comedy. He upgrades their defense and his offensive upside is horrible.Again this move helps Beltran.

    And

    “Hal Steinbrenner and Brian Cashman were generous enough to give him another undeserved chance last year.
    .”

    revisionist history. they weren’t remotely generous in letting him have a chance last year. to start with he fully deserved that chance. he was under contract, clowns like you were bad he fought his unjust suspension and forget he got it reduced to an absurd 162 games.Even people who hate him admit his work ethic is great and he’s an all time great hitter- so why wouldn’t they have seen what he could do last year?

    Cashman etc didn’t give him another chance to be nice. They did so because they owed him a ton of money and were hoping to get something for it. Much like you they thought he was washed up and he turned around and gave them a great season.

    Of course hacks like you expected him to be terrible last year and had article like this saved in your computer waiting to release them. Everyone wrote him off last year and looks like fools for it.

    Now is it shocking at almost 41 he’s fallen off a ton? No- he strikes out way too much and can barely run.

    So say that. Don’t pad your article with a bunch of lies and nonsense like they should have released him 4 years ago when it would have been stupid or they were nice for letting him play last year when they weren’t.

    Additionally how come you hacks never mentioned how much Jeter was hurting the team when they kept parading him out there in the 2 hole and had him play short when he had less mobility than arod now? Because he had a great career? They did so to the detrmient of that 2014 team and nobody had a problem with it And to top it off people called him unselfish even though Arod had to move to third despite being the vastly better ss and jeter stayed at short all the way to the end- even to the point the Yankees put brendan ryan a great defensive no hit short stop at first with jeter at short to placate jeter. and crickets from you guys about it.