New York Yankees: Underperforming Players Who Won't Be Back Next Season

Mike Moraitis@@michaelmoraitisAnalyst IOctober 18, 2012

New York Yankees: Underperforming Players Who Won't Be Back Next Season

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    The New York Yankees' 2012 season is officially over as they were eliminated in the American League Championship Series by the Detroit Tigers without so much as a whimper.

    A complete lack of offense was the driving force behind the Bombers being swept out of the playoffs.

    And with this disappointing, frustrating finish to the season, heads are bound to roll and some key players to this year's team won't be back in 2013.

    Let's see who they are.

Alex Rodriguez

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    A-Rod will be the toughest of these Yankee players to move because of his enormous contract, but it is feasible the Yanks can unload him if they pick up enough of it.

    In the playoffs, Rodriguez was an abysmal 3-for-25 (.130), without a single homer or RBI.

    To make matters worse, A-Rod was busted trying to flirt with a couple of hot blondes in the stands after being pulled from Game 1 of the ALCS (per Emily Smith of the New York Post), completely and utterly disrespecting his team.

    The last thing Rodriguez should have been doing was trying to pick up women when he was in the midst of a horrendous slump that ultimately help cost his team a run at the World Series.

    Step No. 1 for the Bombers is unloading A-Rod, and at any cost necessary.

Nick Swisher

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    It took Swisher a while, but he finally notched his second career base hit with a runner in scoring position for his playoff career. Unfortunately for New York, it was far too little, too late.

    In all, Swish went 4-for-26 (.154) in this year's playoffs, driving in only two runs total. But this ineptitude in October is nothing new for the Yankee outfielder as this has been the story since his coming to the Bronx.

    On top of all that, Swisher's horrible defense cost the Yanks Game 1 of the ALCS after he lost a routine line out in the lights.

    After that game, Swish was openly critical about how harsh the fans were towards him, per Peter Botte of the New York Daily News. And after making such statements, things aren't likely to get any easier for Swisher with his hometown fans.

    If the rumors are true that Swisher is seeking a Jayson Werth-type deal, than that is even more ammunition for the Yanks to use in order to say goodbye to their outfielder.

Curtis Granderson

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    Granderson is a nice guy; that's what makes this decision hard. But sadly for the Yanks center fielder, nice doesn't win championships.

    Grandy had a good regular with 43 homers and 106 RBI, but his dreadful .232 average finally caught up to him in the postseason. He was 3-for-29 with one homer and a RBI, but struck out 16 times in the postseason.

    While he was responsible for a great deal of the Yanks' production this season, Granderson simply hasn't gotten it done in the playoffs in pinstripes and likely never will.

    New York needs to add better hitters to their lineup, and Granderson does not qualify as such. This team has no shortage of all-or-nothing hitters, so a guy like Grandy isn't exactly special to this roster.

    Besides that, he isn't a great defensive center fielder, so there won't be much of a loss there.

    The Yanks do have a club option for 2013 for $15 million, but there is a $5 million dollar buyout in his contract which is a move the Yanks would be smart to exercise.

    That money could certainly be better spent elsewhere.