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Yankees Release Josh Donaldson, Place Harrison Bader on Waivers

Finally, some movement. With Harrison Bader struggling, his pending free agency, and Everson Pereira being called up, this was a predictable outcome. Bader had a great run for the Yankees into last postseason when he returned from injury, after he was acquired at the deadline. He was actually one of the only guys in the lineup that produced against Houston, too. I’ll always keep those memories of him, and wish him up.

Thank goodness something was done about Josh Donaldson. He was slashing .142/.225/.434 in just 33 games this season. For him, it encapsulates a tenure of poor production and injury riddled seasons with the Yankees. He was in the final year of his contract that he signed with Minnesota before being traded to the Bronx. I’m very happy about this, even though the damage is already done.

The Yankees are on pace to finish under .500 for the first time since 1992. It has been an unmitigated disaster of a year, punctuated by a stagnant trade deadline and an insistence by GM Brian Cashman that this team was “in it to win it.” As of the day they parted ways with Donaldson and Bader, they are 19 games back of the Orioles for the AL East and 11 games back of Houston/Texas for the final Wild Card spot. Embarrassing to say the least.

Moving forward, I want to see what the future holds. Everson Pereira, Oswald Peraza, and Oswaldo Cabrera should all be playing basically every day; I wouldn’t mind seeing Jasson Dominguez and Austin Wells make appearances in September, either.

This could very well be the most pivotal offseason in New York Yankees history.

Their debacle of a deadline is second only to the Angels, who traded prospects for rentals to make a playoff push, only to waive those rentals at the end of August because your playoff push fell apart.

Kiss Shohei Ohtani goodbye, Angels fans.

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