New York Yankees: 5 Players Who Will Be Gone Before 2012

Alison Myers@AlisonM_110Correspondent IOctober 5, 2011

New York Yankees: 5 Players Who Will Be Gone Before 2012

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    Although the New York Yankees are still in the postseason, it is never too early to think about who won't rejoin the team for the 2012 season.

    While several key players are still under contract for next year or are almost sure to get new ones, there are a few who will be part of the standard roster turnover. Whether players leave through free agency, trades or in the case of one, retirement, there are some who will not don pinstripes next year.

    Here are five players who won't be in New York come first pitch in April.

Francisco Cervelli

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    Cervelli only played 43 games in the 2011 season and batted a career-low .266, which dropped from his .271 average in 2010. This is the second consecutive season his batting average fell, as he hit .298 in 2009. He also had 22 RBI and seven runs.

    One area where he did improve was in home runs, as he hit four in 2011 as opposed to none in 2010.

    Cervelli has shown to be injury-prone over his Yankee career. He sustained a concussion during spring training in 2010, and it was speculated he had one in winter ball prior to joining the team. Then, he broke his foot and missed the beginning of this season. He is currently trying to rejoin the Yankees for the playoffs after being sidelined with concussion symptoms in October.

    A catcher, Cervelli's injuries and weak performance have left him the odd man out among Russell Martin, who has proved himself worthy of a return should New York want him back, and Jesus Montero, a top prospect who is performing well in the majors. Cervelli will likely be out of town this winter.

Bartolo Colon

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    Colon came to the Yankees after not playing in 2010 due to shoulder problems, but his health gave him more problems, as he reported to camp 25 pounds overweight and then suffered a hamstring injury in June.

    To make matters worse, he has losing records in four out of his last five seasons. In 2011, he finished with an 8-10 record with a 4.00 ERA and allowed 21 home runs. He had an especially weak September, as he had a 4.96 ERA and gave up four home runs. This led to him being left out of the rotation for the ALDS.

    It only made sense to leave Colon out of the rotation. He has not pitched in the playoffs since 2005, and his postseason record is 2-3 with a 3.61 ERA.

    The Yankees' pitching is one of their biggest weaknesses, and they need to get rid of Colon and find a more reliable starter to fill his slot.

Boone Logan

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    Logan was traded to the Yankees from the Atlanta Braves in 2009 in an acquisition that brought back pitcher Javier Vazquez for a second stint in New York, while slugger Melky Cabrera was sent to Atlanta.

    He has a career 7-3 record with the Yankees, and in 2011, he has a 3.45 ERA and has surrendered four home runs and 20 runs while striking out 46 batters.

    The biggest problem with Logan is his ability to keep control of a game. For a while, it seemed like that as soon as he was called from the bullpen, he'd put the Yankees in a big hole, sometimes right off his first pitch. This would negate a strong performance from the day's starter or make an already-bad game worse.

    While he has settled down over the second half of the season, it's not going to be enough to keep him in New York.

Ramiro Pena

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    Pena is a utility player who has the ability to play shortstop, second base and third base for the Yankees.

    But despite his versatility in the field, his batting statistics hit a dismal low in 2011. Pena batted just .100 and had four hits and five runs, along with a home run, in 23 games. In nine September games, he had just two hits.

    A miserable season came full circle in July, when Pena needed an appendectomy.

    Pena has done little to show he should be a part of the Yankees in the future, and it's time for him to get a fresh start somewhere else.

Jorge Posada

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    Posada had a rough start to his season when he got upset about being moved to ninth in the batting order. He was upset about the demotion and decided to remove himself from the lineup, later claiming that he had stiffness in his back. Posada later apologized to his teammates and Yankees management for causing problems.

    Later in the season, he was benched again as a result of overall poor production.

    Although he had his good moments throughout the year, such as hitting his 10th career grand slam and getting a crucial single to give the Yankees the AL East title, he lost his catching position and was moved to designated hitter when Russell Martin turned in strong performances. He finished the year with 14 home runs and 44 RBI with a .235 batting average.

    A Yankee his whole career, fans have been wondering all year if Posada will call it quits after the playoffs are over. It seems like the right time to do so, as his contract expires this year and he is not the great player he once was.

    But if he goes out, he will still have a safe place in Yankees lore. He is a four-time World Series champion, a five-time MLB All-Star and has five Silver Slugger awards.

    Alison Myers is covering the 2011 MLB Playoffs for Bleacher Report and is also an NHL Featured Columnist. You can e-mail her at alison.myers@mail.com with questions, comments or writing opportunities or request a follow on Twitter .

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