After rumors that the New York Yankees could release Alex Rodriguez by season’s end, the slugger has stated he’d accept the roster move.
Heading into this season, many expected designated hitter Alex Rodriguez to be closely approaching Babe Ruth’s home run total while leading the New York Yankees to their second consecutive playoff berth.
If it were only so…
Through 61 games, Rodriguez, 41, is hitting an anemic .205 with nine home runs, 29 RBIs, and an OPS of .611 which is well below his career average.
Thanks to his performance, the New York Daily News reported that he could be a goner before this season reaches it’s conclusion and today before game two of the Subway Series, he said he’d be OK with it.
If general manager Brian Cashman were to cut the aging superstar, they would still owe him the leftover $21 million he will earn this season and an additional $21 million he is assured to earn next year which would be the closing season of the 10-year, $275-million deal he signed following an MVP year in 2007.
The Yankees currently stand at 53-52 and sit in fourth place in the American League East while already dealing their core of talented veterans such as Carlos Beltran, Ivan Nova, Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller for a surplus of talented prospects before the trade deadline on Monday so erasing A-Rod from the roster would add to the mindset of shaping the future.
Will it happen? Time will tell. But the fact that Rodriguez is perfectly fine with a possible release is quite interesting as the A-Rod era in the Bronx could soon come to a close.