Yankees reportedly considering releasing Alex Rodriguez as part of rebuild

August 02, 2016 - 7:16 am

[caption id="attachment_36138" align="alignright" width="150"] Alex Rodriguez[/caption] The Yankees soon could be parting ways with one of their most well-known hitters. According to the New York Daily News, there is a chance the fourth-place Yankees release designated hitter Alex Rodriguez by the end of the season, as the team continues to overhaul its roster. New York, 6 1/2 games out of first place in the American League East, traded away Aroldis Chapman, Andrew Miller, Carlos Beltran and Ivan Nova in the past week as part of its rebuild. It might make sense for the team to cut Rodriguez, 41, who clearly won't be a part of the Yankee's rebuilding plans. The three-time AL MVP is batting just .205 and has seen his playing time reduced. He's had just 29 at-bats since the end of the All-Star break. Asked about the possibility of no longer being with the team after Monday's 6-5 win over the Mets, Rodriguez said he does not want to part ways with the organization. "I hope not," Rodriguez told the Daily News. "I want to play and think I can make a difference on the field and in the clubhouse." Rodriguez is owed the remainder of his $21 million salary this year and $21 million guaranteed in 2017, which complicates his situation. However, the Yankees releasing Rodriguez would prove that the team has set its sights on its improved farm system and the future. The Yankees have not won the AL East since 2012. "A-Rod is a choice for our manager and coaching staff as they try to dissect every day what's the best lineup to put out there," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said when asked what the team's recent moves means for Rodriguez, who is four home runs shy of 700. "He's going to do everything he continues to do to try to put himself in a position to succeed and then leave the decision making to the field staff if there's opportunities to play or not. "The answer to that's easy, I guess. We evaluate everything on a daily and weekly basis. We're always trying to do the right thing. We're always trying to do the best thing. Nothing has changed there."