3 Yankees who won’t be back next season, playoffs or not

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Aug 2, 2021; Bronx, New York, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Andrew Heaney (38) reacts after allowing back to back home runs during the third inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Regardless of if the New York Yankees make the playoffs this year, here are three players who won’t be back for the 2022 campaign.

Prior to the MLB trade deadline, the New York Yankees looked like they were a team destined to plummet further down the AL East standings. However, after making two huge trades for Anthony Rizzo and Joey Gallo, the Yankees are now in the thick of both the division and Wild Card races.

The season can end one of two ways — they make the postseason for the fifth consecutive year, or they go home at the conclusion of Game 162. Regardless of whether they make the playoffs or not, we can guarantee that these three players won’t be back for next season.

3.

Andrew Heaney

LHP New York Yankees

As the clock ticked closer to 4:00 p.m. ET on July 30, the Yankees still had a need for a starting pitcher. With the huge names off the board, general manager Brian Cashman gave the Los Angeles Angels a call to secure left-handed pitcher Andrew Heaney.

Yankee fans were not expecting much out of Heaney, considering he carried a 5.27 ERA through 18 starts in Los Angeles. The team needed a fill-in pitcher in the rotation as Corey Kluber and Luis Severino work their way back from injury. As it turns out, Heaney performed even worse than expected.

Through three starts wearing Yankees pinstripes, Heaney owns a 9.00 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP, while striking out 18 batters over 15.0 innings of work. Perhaps the most staggering statistic is that he has surrendered eight home runs to the opposition through his three starts. That is already half the homers Heaney gave up during his time with the Angels this year (16).

Heaney is set to hit free agency at the end of this season, and it is safe to say that he probably won’t be brought back.

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