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For some players on this Yankees team, their performance the rest of the way will have little impact on their job security. Instead, their contractual situations—as well as those of their current teammates—will determine whether or not they return to the Yankees in their current capacity.
As bad as Beltran has been, his job is not in jeopardy.
The 37-year-old is easily having the worst year of what has been a terrific 17-year career, batting a measly .233 with a .291 on-base percentage.
But after signing a three-year, $45 million deal this past winter, Beltran is not going anywhere. If he is healthy, he will be in the Yankees' starting lineup come Opening Day in 2015, whether it be as an outfielder or designated hitter.
The Yankees will have to hope this year is just a bad one rather than the start of his decline.
The trade for Headley was a savvy move by general manager Brian Cashman, as it gave the Yankees a strong defensive third baseman who potentially could jump-start the offense for minimal cost.
However, Cashman referred to Headley—a free agent after the season—as a rental at the time of the deal, and it is likely that is all he will be.
With Prado under contract and a certain suspended third baseman slated to come back, the Yankees will have more than enough players capable of playing the hot corner in 2015. Shelling out a big free-agent deal to Headley just does not make sense.
Robertson has been stellar this season, especially considering he is replacing Mariano Rivera, the greatest closer in baseball history.
Robertson will be a free agent at the end of the year but has not had any serious talks with the Yankees about a new contract.
That could be because of the emergence of setup man Dellin Betances, who is boasting a 1.46 ERA this season. The two have drawn comparisons to the 1996 tandem that saw Rivera set up and then succeed closer John Wetteland.
What the Yankees will likely do is offer Robertson a one-year qualifying offer.
If he accepts, he will be back taking the hill in the ninth come 2015. If not, the Yankees will be content promoting the cheap and controllable Betances while receiving draft pick compensation when Robertson signs elsewhere.
All stats were obtained via Baseball-Reference.com and are accurate as of the end of play on August 20, 2014.
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