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Akshita Patel

3 Most Overpriced Players On The New York Yankees 2024 Season Roster!

As the New York Yankees gear up for the 2024 MLB season, the team’s roster boasts several high-profile players whose contracts may be considered overpriced based on their performance and production. While these players have undoubtedly contributed to the team’s success in the past, their current contracts may raise eyebrows among fans and analysts alike. Here are the three most overpriced players on the Yanks’ 2024 season roster.

Giancarlo Stanton

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Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton is 4-for-45 with no homers, one RBI and 20 strikeouts in his last 13 games.AP

Giancarlo Stanton’s massive $32 million AAV contract has made him one of the highest-paid players in baseball. But his performance has not always lived up to the lofty expectations that come with such a deal. Since joining the Yankees in 2018, Stanton has battled injuries and inconsistency. Despite his immense power at the plate, Stanton’s inability to stay healthy and produce consistently has raised concerns about whether he is worth the significant financial investment for the Yankees. Last season, Stanton finished with an all-time career-low .191 average. However, this season, the slugger has opted for a leaner physique, which will further add to his athleticism. Stanton will earn more than Juan Soto this year. Thus, expectations to live up to that hefty contract will continue to loom on former NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton.

   

DJ LeMahieu

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New York Yankees’ DJ LeMahieu reacts after fouling a ball off of himself against the Boston Red Sox during the seventh inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 10, 2023, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)(APMedia)

Veteran infielder DJ LeMahieu signed a six-year $90 million contract back in 2020 with the New York Yankees. It seemed it a steal deal to acquire a three-time all-star baseman. However, Father’s time got to DJ as he witnessed a grave slump shortly after. He slashed .243/.327/.390 with 15 home runs and 44 RBI in 136 games last season when the Yanks finished outside the postseason race. Despite earning $15 million in AAV, LeMahieu continues to be a .700 OPS player. Moreover, owing to his age, it’s tough for Bronx Bombers to part ways with DJ. Overall, the team has no option but to continue to back the veteran until the end of his contract in 2025. This year, LeMahieu will play as a leadoff hitter as manager Aaron Boone trusts him to cause destruction at the top. But it remains to be seen how DJ defies Father’s time to live up to his hefty salary.

Carlos Rodon

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Carlos Rodon reacts after walking Logan Porter in the first inning of the Yankees’ 12-5 loss to the Royals. Getty Images

Starting pitcher Carlos Rodon was considered the next big thing waiting to explode when he signed a six-year $162 million contract last off-season. The pitcher had ditched the Giants to be a part of the iconic franchise. However, Rodon’s first year was a complete flop show, to say the least. He could barely post 14 starts, wherein his ERA soared to 6.85. Moreover, the pitcher struggled with multiple injuries, which forced him out for almost half of the season. That being said, the Yankees seem determined to back Rodon, and the pitcher will earn $27 million in the upcoming season. While he promised to pitch 33 starts this year, only time will tell how Rodon defies health issues to raise temp on the mound. So far, the spring training drills look promising, and physically as well, Rodon looks in good shape.

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