Sayonara! Five New York Yankees That Will Be Gone By Next Year
So many marvelous players have been on the Yankees.
This season is different.
Yes, New York has the lovable Core Four. However, there have been some absolute monstrosities this season, and I am convinced that these following five players will not return.
Keep in mind this is not a bashing of the Yankees. I am one of the biggest Yankee fans ever. Yet, there are some players who have been robbing the team, and they have to be clarified.
5. AJ Burnett
Before I start, I do realize Burnett is under contract until through 2013. That doesn't mean the Yankees will keep him that long.
Talk about inconsistency. AJ Burnett has been a struggle to watch since April.
He has a 10-15 record with a 5.33 ERA. Statistically, Burnett is having the worst season of his entire career.
Just our luck.
I truly can not see him starting in the playoff rotation (if they even get there!).
I could not leave him off the list, but he is the least likely to go in the struggling Yankee rotation. He's just been so terrible and frustrating lately that his spot was guaranteed.
4. Lance Berkman
After being traded to the Yankees, Lance Berkman was expected to be the power bat and the replacement designated hitter already in a very strong Yankee lineup.
Berkman has only managed to hit one home run. From a player to hit 25 or more home runs in a season and be reduced to one home run is embarrassing.
I thought this trade was well-thought. In exchange for a raw bullpen arm, the Yankees received a once premier hitter in the game. Boy, was I wrong.
He did serve as a perfect backup to Teixeira at first base, and I'll give the credit Berkman deserves defensively.
His option costs too much money, and I am almost positive he won't be back.
Berkman has just been a huge disappointment.
3. Austin Kearns
Also acquired at the trade deadline was "bench bat" Austin Kearns.
Offensively, he's been bad.
He has a .239 batting average with two home runs and seven RBI. Hey, it's still one more than Berkman though.
Defensively, he's paid his dues. He has served the fourth outfield role quite well.
His main purpose was to hit, and rarely got the job done. It's hard to think they'll bring Kearns back after a weak season. Maybe a National League team will pick him up and put him to good use.
The Austin Kearns trade only makes me wonder: What if it were Miguel Tejada or another player instead?
2. Javier Vazquez
Another trade the Yankees made in the offseason was acquiring Javier Vazquez and Boone Logan in exchange for Melky Cabrera, Mike Dunn, and top pitching prospect, Arodys Vizcaino.
Was it worth it? No.
I won't focus on Melky because he wasn't a star player to begin with. The one person that stands out is Vizcaino. He's got an amazing repertoire and had a lot of potential to be a future closer.
Vazquez has been yet another disappointment, so much so that he's been moved to the bullpen. Can you imagine? Vazquez finished in the top five for the NL Cy Young in 2009, and now he's in the bullpen.
He probably will not be on the postseason roster.
1. Nick Johnson
Twenty-four games, 12 hits, two home runs, eight RBI in 72 at-bats for $1 million.
That's a designated hitter?
What a waste of time, effort, and most importantly money. What in the world were the New York Yankees thinking?
Johnson's on the DL every season, and I'm convinced his bones are made of glass.
I can 100 percent guarantee that Nick Johnson has played his last game in a Yankees uniform.
Why couldn't the Yankees have resigned Hideki Matsui? It would have made so much more sense, and he can actually hit!
The Core Four Will Be Back
If anyone suspects Derek Jeter leaving the Yankees, they have suspected wrong. Why in the world would Derek Jeter want to sign anywhere but the Yankees?
The Yankees are going to resign him to a three-to-five year deal to finish off his career. He's not going anywhere.
The same goes for Mariano. Rivera's got two more good years in him. Finish off his career at 42 in 42.
Posada won't retire until after next season. Unless Posada can miraculously avoid injury, he'll play one more season. There's a kid named Jesus Montero who's eager to take the throne.
Andy Pettitte will pull his patented Brett Favre routine and sign his final one-year deal with the Yankees.
The careers of the Core Four are dwindling. Hopefully, they'll have a big finish.