Let’s not pretend that Alex Rodriguez has become a terrible baseball player. He’s still getting on base at a pretty good rate, and he’s on pace for a little more than 20 home runs, which is pretty good for most players.
Of course, Rodriguez isn’t most players.
At 36 years old, coming off a series of injuries, Rodriguez has played like just another everyday big leaguer. He hits a home run now and then, draws a few walks, maybe steals a base from time to time, but with a .269/.357/.436 slash line, he’s been anything but elite.
“It is what it is,” Joe Girardi said. “Sometimes guys don’t get hot in the first half. Sometimes they have poor second halfs. If I would have told you that Robbie Cano wouldn’t be hot at any point in April or May, would you have believed me? No. No one knows what the future holds, but I would say (Rodriguez) is due.”
The Yankees have to hope that’s true, because Rodriguez is signed through 2017. All players age, but it’s happened quickly with Rodriguez. He’s slugging more than .200 points lower than he did five years ago, and that decline has been steady from year to year, suggesting this isn’t just a fluke.
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