Moves That New York Yankees GM Wishes He Could Take Back
The New York Yankees have been the king of bad contracts over the past decade, but thrown in there also are some bad moves this team has made in other ways.
Hindsight is always 20/20, and while some of these moves looked good at the time, some of them have turned out to be disasters.
Let's take a look at the players who fit the bill.
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With all the distractions he's brought to this team, Rodriguez is the one move the Yankees wish they could take back the most.
A-Rod's game has declined significantly over the past few seasons and after being a lock for 30 homers and 100 RBIs per year in his first seven seasons with the team, Rodriguez has failed to hit more than 18 homers and 62 RBI in his last two.
Injuries have been a major part of A-Rod's decline as the third baseman has been a regular in the trainer's room the last two seasons. He's missed a total of 103 games between 2011 and 2012, and is set to miss at least half of 2013.
The steroid accusations against Rodriguez have reared their ugly head to start 2013, and it further proves that A-Rod has been a major headache for this organization who clearly isn't worth his weight in gold.
Only five years left.
The Yanks swooped in at the last second to sign Teixeira before the 2009 season, but age is starting to make this move look bad.
Since joining the team, Tex has put up some solid offensive numbers, but his average has sharply declined from where it was earlier in his career.
Last season, Teixeira had one of his worst years during his tenure in the MLB as he only played in 123 games and had career lows in both homers and RBI.
Defense has been Tex's biggest positive since joining the Yanks. The gold glove winner has been stellar at first base and has saved a ton of runs thanks to his greatness in the field.
But even Teixeira has said he isn't worth the money the Yanks are paying him and at this point, I have to agree. He's still under contract for four more seasons, but there's no doubt it won't be a smooth ride.
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When the Bombers brought Pineda to the Bronx, they were hoping they had a future ace in their midst and were even willing to part ways with top prospect, Jesus Montero.
Since that deal, Pineda has had major shoulder surgery and hasn't pitched a single game in the majors for the Yanks. In fact, there's a chance he doesn't take the mound at all in 2013.
On the flip side, Montero had a solid rookie season with the Seattle Mariners, posting 15 homers, 62 RBI and an average of .260.
However, after Montero was recently named in a report about potential PED users (per Geoff Baker of The Seattle Times), this move might have finally taken at least a turn in the right direction for New York.
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Way back in 2007, the Yankees made a deal sending Clippard to the Washington Nationals in exchange for reliever, Jonathan Albaladejo. At the time, the trade seemed harmless enough, but since then it looks like a major blunder.
Albaladejo never really amounted to much in pinstripes and has since moved on to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Clippard, on the other hand, has developed into a solid reliever for the Nats.
In 2011, Clippard pitched to a sensational ERA of 1.83 and in 2012, he saved 32 games in 37 chances while posting a 3.72 ERA.
In a time when the Yanks bullpen needs some help, they sure could've used Clippard's arm to give them a hand.
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When the Yanks traded Jackson to the Detroit Tigers in a deal that brought them Curtis Granderson, New York thought it was getting a ready-made player who could make a big impact in exchange for an uncertainty like Jackson.
However, Jackson has become a great major leaguer in just a few seasons. The 26-year-old hit 16 homers and drove in 66 runs while batting .300 in 2012. On top of that, he's proven to be a stellar center fielder in Detroit and even has an ability to steal some bases.
Granderson has hit over 40 homers and 100 RBI the past two seasons, but his average continues to make him an all-or-nothing hitter and his bat misses the ball more times than not.
In an age where the Yanks are looking to get younger and cheaper, having Jackson in the mix would have been a huge benefit instead of Granderson.