The New York Yankees are starting a rare rebuilding process after trading some of their best players at the deadline. According to the latest MLB rumors, the Yankees may also be releasing some of their veteran players including designated hitter Alex Rodriguez.
General manager Brian Cashman traded closer Aroldis Chapman to the Chicago Cubs last week in exchange for four prospects including shortstop Gleyber Torres. The Yankees also dealt Andrew Miller, who arguably the best reliever in baseball this season, to the Cleveland Indians for four more prospects.
MLB rumors are now swirling that the Yankees are also open to releasing veteran players to officially start their rebuild. According to Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball, some people with the Yankees organization want to let go of A-Rod.
with the sell on and him not playing, some in the organization think it’s time to talk about cutting a-rod. not impossible.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 31, 2016
Rodriguez is already 41 years old and he has been struggling this season. He has a batting average of .206 with just nine home runs and 29 RBIs. It was a different story last season when he hit 33 home runs, which were the most home runs he had in a season since 2008.
A-Rod has had a fantastic career but it has been tainted by testing positive for steroids that got led to his season-long suspension in 2014. On the other hand, Bob Klapisch of USA Today also thinks that the Yankees should release Alex Rodriguez, as well as Mark Teixeira.
It would not be hard to eat up their contracts but it signals the start of the new era for the Yankees. They still have a shot at making the postseason this year but the chances of winning the World Series is next to impossible.
However, New York’s minor league system suddenly becomes stacked after the big trades they made. They now have the possibility of having another “Core Four” in the next several seasons and build a contender that will win many World Series trophies.
It should be noted that the Yankees releasing Alex Rodriguez are just MLB rumors. But with the rebuild almost close to becoming official, the possibility of letting him go is not impossible.
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