Sayonara! Five New York Yankees That Will Be Gone By Next Year

Nick Santa MariaContributor ISeptember 28, 2010

Sayonara! Five New York Yankees That Will Be Gone By Next Year

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    NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 26:  Manager Joe Girardi #28 and Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees talk during warm-ups prior to their game against the Boston Red Sox on September 26, 2010 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Mike
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    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

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    NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 22:  A.J. Burnett #34 of the New York Yankees wipes his brow during a game against the Tampa Bay Rays on September 22, 2010 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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    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

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    NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 25: Lance Berkman #17 of the New York Yankees reacts after getting out against the Boston Red Sox during their game on September 25, 2010 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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    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

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    NEW YORK - AUGUST 02:  Austin Kearns #26 of the New York Yankees looks on against the Toronto Blue Jays on August 2, 2010 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Michael Heiman/Getty Images)
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    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

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    NEW YORK - AUGUST 21:  Javier Vazquez #31 of the New York Yankees walks back to the dugout after allowing two homeruns in the first inning against the Seattle Mariners at Yankee Stadium on August 21, 2010 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by
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    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

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    NEW YORK - APRIL 16:  Nick Johnson #26 of the New York Yankees is hit with a pitch in the third inning against the Texas Rangers on April 16, 2010 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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    Remember him?

    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

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    NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 21:  (L-R) Jorge Posada #20, Mariano Rivera #42, Derek Jeter #2 and Andy Pettitte #46 pose for a photograph after defeating the Baltimore Orioles of the New York Yankees during the last regular season game at Yankee Stadium on Septemb
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    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.