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A-Rod prepared to be released by the New York Yankees

Posted by Betonline team on 8/5/2016 2:27:03 AM
A-Rod prepared to be released by the New York Yankees

The mighty have fallen. Alex Rodriguez, one of the most feared men in baseball, isn’t what he used to be.

Father time has caught up with the 41-year-old Rodriguez. He is no longer a slugger. The poor guy is sluggish. There are even ballpark that the New York Yankees might throw their hands up in the air and release him.

The Yankees are not saying that he is done yet, at least not in public. They are making vague comments such as “Alex is currently a choice off the bench.”

That gem came from General Manager Brian Cashman who is currently trying to figure out what to do with him. He has only played 28 innings at third base since 2013. A-Rod is batting .204 with an on-base percentage of .253. That includes nine home runs and 29 RBIs. That is nothing compared to 2007, when he smashed 54 home runs and knocked in 156 runs.

The Yankees would love to give 23-year-old catching prospect Gary Sanchez more bats. A-Rod can’t even provide fans with the excitement of reaching 700 home runs. He is stuck on 696 and is not getting many opportunities to show he can do more.

A-Rod said he would be OK with being released. And why not? He will still get paid $21 million next season no matter what happens.

“I’m one of the luckiest human beings on the planet,” he told LoHud.com. “I respect everything Cashman is doing. I trust (owner) Hal Steinbrenner’s plan. I will forever be a Yankee fan. I hope I can contribute. No matter what happens, I am at peace with myself.”

Sports Illustrated baseball writer Cliff Corcoran drummed up a list of five suitors that might be interested in Rodriguez in case the Yankees release him.

1.
Tampa Bay Rays: Old people would love a walk down memory lane with A-Rod and it is close to home, which is Miami.

2.
New York Mets: How about taking some of the back page thunder from the Yankees. The Mets also brought back Jose Reyes who was suspended for domestic violence.

3.
Miami Marlins: Perhaps hitting coach Barry Bonds can fix the hitch in A-Rod’s swing.

4.
Chicago White Sox: The White Sox have a hitting friendly ballpark that might produce home run 700.

5.
Los Angeles Dodgers: Big names work in this city and he could be a big bat off the bench.

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