By Tyler on June 9, 2014
The New York Yankees have been maddeningly inconsistent on the way to a 31-31 record to begin the 2014 MLB Season, and it is clear the team needs to make some changes. As is usual in New York, a World Series championship is the goal in 2014, and the Yankees must make some changes to make this happen. Keeping this in mind, the Yankees could easily do without these five players currently on the 25-Man Roster.
Johnson was expected to start at third base this season, but he was quickly usurped by Yangervis Solarte, and now is a below average bat off the bench. The 32-year-old is sporting a disappointing .216/.279/.392 slash line, and legitimately looks like a guy that will never again be an above average player. The Yankees would be wise to move on from Johnson before it is too late.
It isn't that Daley has been atrocious--his 4.85 ERA in 13 innings isn't especially bad--but that he has no real impact out of the bullpen. The soft throwing right-hander has been relegated to the middle innings, while the likes of Jose Ramirez look capable of pushing him even further down the pecking order. Suffice to say, Daley isn't suited for a long relief role, and keeping him on as a bit-part player isn't helping anyone out.
Soriano was a great mid-season pickup last season, but he has lost all steam during the 2014 MLB Season. The 38 year old has a .229/.250/.396 slash line with only six home runs and 20 RBI, and he is only 2-21 at the plate since May 26th. It will be hard to get rid of Soriano, so the Yankees can only hope that he turns things around this summer.
Vidal Nuno has been frustratingly average this year, sporting a 1-2 record with a 5.33 ERA and only three quality starts in nine games started. At a time when the Yankees need length out of their starters and wins above all else, Nuno isn't providing either. If at all possible, New York needs to find another option to replace the 26 year old in the rotation.
Robertson has been adequate in the role of closer, with a 3.86 ERA and 14-16 mark in save opportunities, but he surely isn't the Yankees best option in the ninth inning. That would have to be Dellin Betances, who has turned heads with a jaw-dropping repertoire and 1.50 ERA through 36 innings pitched. Robertson would be useful in a set-up role, but the Yankees' bullpen would certainly survive without him.
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