A-Rod is slugging .394 so far this spring.
Yeah, it’s only Spring Training. But, in the same Spring Training, Aaron Hicks is slugging .500. And, Brian McCann is slugging .484. Starlin Castro is at .657 as of this morning. Heck, even Austin Romine is higher than A-Rod, albeit barely, at .400.
Oh, and, let’s not forget this is the A-Rod who slugged .383 in his last 227 PA of 2015.
A-Rod has one job on this team: To Slug. He doesn’t play the field…at all.
It’s sort of a wasted roster spot to have a guy who is only there to hit, and not field whatsoever, if the guy doesn’t hit, right?
So, if it’s May 30th 2016 and A-Rod is slugging a sub four hundred, will the Yankees pluck him from the roster and say “Bye, bye!” to Mr. Rodriguez? After all, it’s about winning, no? And, you can’t carry dead weight on your roster and win.