Some people within the New York Yankees organization have discussed cutting designated hitter Alex Rodriguez and first baseman Mark Teixeira if they become sellers at the deadline, according to Jon Heyman.
The Yankees, who are seven games back in the AL East and 5 1/2 games back for the second Wild Card spot, are reportedly split on whether to become buyers or sellers as the Aug. 1 trade deadline nears.
GM Brian Cashman and the baseball operations staff believes the Yankees should sell and focus on the future, while owner Hal Steinbrenner and president Randy Levine consider the team a contender.
Should the Yankees cut ties with two veterans, it would indicate a significant rebuild, however nothing has been decided at this time.
Rodriguez, who turns 41 next week and has one year remaining on his contract, is hitting .210 with nine home runs and 29 RBIs exclusively as a designated hitter.
Teixeira, 36, has hit .185 with eight home runs and 22 RBIs in an injury-plagued season, the final in an eight-year deal he signed prior to the 2009 season.