This week Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeria had announced his retirement after this season but his team mate Alex Rodriguez will take center stage tomorrow 11:00am ET for a press conference. You can probably guess what it’s about. Rodriguez has logged just one at-bat this month and it’s clear he’s no longer part of the team’s plans. The three-time MVP was surprisingly effective last season when he hit .250 with 33 HR and 86 RBI but he’s been a disaster this year with a .204 average in 216 at-bats. At this time it is very unclear if A-Rod is announcing his retirement or if the Yankees are letting him go. According to MLBTradeRumors…..
- The Yankees have no plans to release Alex Rodriguez, general manager Brian Cashman said in a recent ESPN Radio appearance (transcript via the Post’s George A. King III). Cashman acknowledged that some of Rodriguez’s at-bats will go to other players, but injuries or matchups could get Rodriguez additional looks down the stretch. The contract of Rodriguez, which calls for him to earn another $27MM through next season, is a factor, Cashman admitted: “First and foremost, you just have to admit it’s not easy to go ahead and eat — meaning release — that kind of money. It’s not something you come to a quick decision on. There are players around the game with big contracts, well-below-average players, for many years, not just a year. Alex hit 33 home runs, I believe, last year. … If we choose to do something, that’s our right at any time, but right now that’s not being done.”
Source: Steve Adams