Yankees: 3 players who definitely won’t be back in 2022

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Relief pitcher Joely Rodriguez #30 of the New York Yankees (Photo by Omar Rawlings/Getty Images)
Relief pitcher Joely Rodriguez #30 of the New York Yankees (Photo by Omar Rawlings/Getty Images) /

Yes, our favorite time of the year! The New York Yankees season has ended and it’s our duty to inform you who won’t be back with the 2022 version of this team that will also ultimately fall short despite shouldering high expectations.

Unlike last year, there are obvious players who we won’t be seeing again, and it really isn’t up for debate. Beyond that, though, there are some complicated situations thanks to the need to work out a trade or resolve a contract issue. We’ll get to those in the coming weeks, though.

Let’s focus on the immediate, unquestionable departures that will happen the moment the offseason begins.

We didn’t really have any emotional attachment to these players, anyway.

On that note, though, just be aware that these departures will, once again, force the Yankees to address the pitching staff, whether it’s via minor-league promotions or free agency acquisitions.

These three players will certainly not be back with the Yankees in 2022.

3. Joely Rodriguez

Joely Rodriguez was actually rock solid for the Yankees since coming over in the Joey Gallo trade with the Texas Rangers. He finished with a 2.84 ERA and 3.01 FIP in 21 games with New York. We’ll take it!

But if the three-batter minimum rule should continue to exist, Rodriguez is a bit of a liability. He’s effective against lefties as a left-hander, there’s no doubting that, but his numbers against righties are dreadful:

  • .339/.380/.446 in 121 at-bats in 2021

No thank you.

The Yankees could easily find someone cheaper and more effective in free agency. Rodriguez has a team option for $3 million, but the buyout is just $500K. That can’t be too much for Hal Steinbrenner to swallow, right?

Also, while Joely was a surprise with his contributions, his 1.42 WHIP and 17 strikeouts in 19 innings weren’t exactly encouraging.