NEW YORK — For the first time in a long time, the subject of Alex Rodriguez and the Yankees starting lineup didn’t dominate pre or post game conversation in the Bronx.
Of course, Friday wasn’t a typical day in New York baseball. From Mark Teixeira’s retirement press conference to young Gary Sanchez shining in a 13-7 win over the Indians, A-Rod was on the back burner.
While the team continues to downplay any significant decisions regarding his future with the team, every day spent on the bench makes Rodriguez’s inclusion on the 25-man roster less understandable. According to a report from Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball, some baseball people in the organization are ready to move from Rodriguez:
But could there be bigger fish to fry? Now that they are in sell mode, all eyes are on Alex Rodriguez and what might transpire next. Word is, at least some baseball people are ready to move on. But of course, ultimately, it will be Hal Steinbrenner’s call whether to eat the $20-million plus remaining on the contract of the highest-paid player ever.
With anything this major, ownership has to make the call. For the Yankees the recent fire sale couldn’t have happened without Steinbrenner’s approval. This, considering the implication, would likely take even more thought than simply taking general manager Brian Cashman’s trade recommendations.
But if the baseball people cited are influential enough, a seemingly inevitable moment could come sooner than fans have been led to believe recently.
For the season, Rodriguez is hitting .204 and owns a .609 OPS. Since July 23, the three-time AL MVP has just seven at-bats.