Yankees on the 40-Man Roster Who Are Expendable
The 42-44 Yankees have had just a handful of productive players leading into the All-Star break and the 40-man roster could use a cleanup.
Players like Masahiro Tanaka, Didi Gregorius, Carlos Beltran and the three elite relievers at the back of the bullpen have pulled their weight in the “Chase for 28.” Statistically, those six have combined for a 9.2 WAR and can be relied upon as everyday game changers.
On the other end of the spectrum you have Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez, Michael Pineda, Nathan Eovaldi and nearly every middle reliever stinking up the joint.
While contractual obligations and pedigree will guarantee most of the underperformers job security, there are a handful of players on the brink of elimination from the roster.
Whether these uninspiring Yankees decide to buy, sell or stand pat, emerging big leaguers, September call-ups and trades force ownership to cut ties with complimentary players rounding out the organization each year.
Listed here are five who find themselves in that bracket, as well as, in some instances, minor league alternatives who are knocking on the door and ready to take over.
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