Take 'Em/Trash 'Em update: A-Rod on outs
September, 28, 2013
By Ian Begley | ESPNNewYork.com
Richard Lautens/Toronto Star/Getty ImagesWant Alex Rodriguez gone? Want him to stay? Vote here!Many ESPNNewYork.com readers don't want to see Alex Rodriguez in pinstripes next year.
A-Rod may not be on the field anyway, due to a pending suspension for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal, but if he wins his appeal of MLB's ban and is allowed to suit up, a lot of Yankees fans won't be happy.
In ESPN New York's Yankees Take 'Em or Trash 'Em poll, 64 percent of the more than 12,000 responders, as of late Saturday morning, want the Bombers to break ties with Rodriguez.
That will be difficult, considering the Yankees owe him $76 million over the next four seasons. But the Yankees may not have to pay him next year. If an arbitrator holds up MLB's full ban for Rodriguez in the Biogenesis case, he will miss 211 games.
Rodriguez spent the first four months of the 2013 season recovering from hip surgery. Once he returned, he was bothered by leg injuries. If he doesn't play this weekend in Houston -- and he says he won't -- A-Rod will finish the year batting .244 with seven homers and 19 RBIs.
There are a few surprising races on the Take 'Em/Trash 'Em page. Readers are split on Ichiro Suzuki coming back next season. He's hit .260 this season and is under contract for next season.
Readers want Vernon Wells and Eduardo Nunez out, but it's a close call for Nunez (57/43).
As far as the pitchers go, voters are tired of seeing Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain on the mound. Ninety-seven percent of the voters want Chamberlain gone next year; 95 percent of voters want the Yanks to let Hughes go as well.
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