Could the Yankees release Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira?

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The Yankees, at 48-46, are waffling between considering themselves buyers or sellers heading into the August 1 non-waiver trade deadline. Part of the reason the club hasn’t performed better is because first baseman Mark Teixiera and DH Alex Rodriguez have both been underwhelming offensively.

Rodriguez has a .640 OPS and his playing time was reduced recently, limiting him to left-handed starters. Teixeira, who missed some time last month with a knee injury, has a .591 OPS.

Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball reports that some in the Yankees’ organization have discussed, in the event the club decides to commit to selling, whether or not to simply release Rodriguez and Teixeira. Rodriguez is owed $20 million next season and has marketing incentives in his contract for his milestone home runs. Teixeira is owed the remainder of his $23.125 million salary for this season and can become a free agent heading into 2017.

As Heyman notes, the Yankees don’t have immediate options to cover for the two veterans if they were to be eschewed. Rob Refsnyder has been sharing first base with Teixeira but he, too, has been underwhelming offensively. The club could also shift Carlos Beltran to DH full-time, but that would likely mean shifting Aaron Hicks and his .553 OPS into full-time outfield duty.