With the trade deadline fast approaching, teams are running out of time to determine whether they can still make it to the playoffs or if this just isn't their year. As for a team like the Yankees, they're in a weird spot. They are in fourth place of a surprisingly competitive AL East, but still sit at 6 games back of Baltimore for first and are 4.5 games behind of the Red Sox for the second AL Wildcard spot.
They've already dealt flame-throwing lefty, Aroldis Chapman, to the Cubs for a handful of prospects including shortstop, Gleybar Torres (Cubs top prospect). But since the deal, they've actually played better baseball, going 6-4 over their last 10 games. But if the Yankees truly think they can make the playoffs this season, they've got another thing coming. They have to jump 3 teams to win the East, and even more to make the Wildcard Game. But they have some attractive players on their team that contending teams would be willing to deal prospects for. Guys like Beltran, Sabathia, Miller, Betances, Gardner, even Texeira and Ellsbury are players that teams like Texas, Houston, and even Washington would love to bring in.
Now I know it is weird to really believe that the Yankees would actually consider selling, but they're really in a state of flux at this point. Nobody is producing in their lineup aside from Beltran, and they don't have the starting pitching to maintain leads late enough to get to the big boys at the back end. Therefore, they should look to rebuild this year while the market for everyone is through the roof.
However, if they choose not to sell this year, that means they truly believe that guys like Texeira, Ellsbury, Headley, and A-Rod will turn it around and lead a playoff push. I don't see it happening, and I doubt Brian Cashman does either. So if I'm Cashman, I'm selling high on guys like Beltran in hopes of getting some good young players to build around for next year and years down the road.