New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman said the organization is not currently considering buying out designated hitter Alex Rodriguez's contract regardless if the team falls out of contention, according to Kenny Ducey.
There had been discussions that the Yankees could cut Rodriguez and first baseman Mark Teixeira if they become sellers at the deadline, Jon Heyman reported last week. However, Cashman dismissed those notions on Monday.
"We always have decisions we can choose to make ... but that's something that's not being considered right now," Cashman said of Rodriguez, who is in the penultimate year of his contract.
A source told the New York Daily News' Mark Feinsand there is "almost no chance" the Yankees release Rodriguez this season.
Rodriguez, 40, and Teixeira, 36, who both have landed on the disabled list before the All-Star break, have combined to hit .196 with 18 home runs and 52 RBIs this season. Cashman said the Yankees were "expecting and hoping for 60 home runs and 200 RBIs" between the two entering the season.
"It hasn't worked out," Cashman said.
"It hasn't played out to exactly what we expected for 2016," Cashman added, "but all I can tell you is they're professionals. They're doing everything in their power to put themselves in position to be successful and we're all hoping that better games and days are ahead. It doesn't guarantee it, and obviously [cutting them] is always something that can be discussed down the line if that's the case, but it's not something we're focused on right now."