Mixed feelings on Yanks
by John Jastremski
Jun 15, 2016 | 13767 views | 0 0 comments | 737 737 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Through 63 games of the 2016 regular season, the New York Yankees are a 31-32 baseball team.

Mediocrity at its finest.

I have mixed feelings on how the Yankees should handle the weeks to come leading up to the trade deadline on July 31.

I know in my heart of hearts this is not a championship-caliber baseball team, but I also cannot justify the idea of selling off talent when the team is only two or three games out of a playoff spot.

It’s a very interesting Catch 22 for a franchise that is not used to being in this sort of predicament.

There are certainly things you really like about this team three months into 2016.

The Yankees have put together one of the best backends of the bullpen you will ever see, and I’ve even been surprised with the way their starting pitching has performed.

However, the team’s inability to score on a consistent basis and the lack of production within the everyday lineup continues to hold this current group back.

It’s the price you pay for relying on aging older players in what has very much become a young man’s game.

When the Yankees lose it’s never pretty, and in fact it’s usually pretty ugly.

I hate to look at a stretch in late June and come to the conclusion that it’s make or break, but for this Yankee group it may very well be the determining factor to how they handle the dilemma of whether or not to be sellers.

Starting Tuesday, the Yankees kick off an 11-game stretch where they will not play a team with a winning record.

It’s time to start getting fat against the easy part of your schedule.

If this is a team that is to be taken seriously as far as being a playoff contender in any capacity, the Yankees must rattle off at least seven of their next eleven.

With a productive stretch of baseball, the Yankees should be able to sell their fan base that at the very least seeing a postseason game in 2016 in the Bronx is not a total pipe dream.

However, a losing stretch over the next two weeks should send signs to Brian Cashman and the Yankees hierarchy that this team is not in a position to be relevant and the idea of selling off talent to benefit the future may have to be seriously considered.

Specifically, two expiring contracts in Carlos Beltran and Arodlis Chapman could entice serious trade packages from other teams that could really help the Yankees down the road.

If they’re helping the Yankees remain in a playoff race, they’ll stay in the Bronx, but if they’re not and the team continues to flounder, what is the point in keeping players around who will not be a part of the team in 2017 and beyond.

Will the win-at-all-costs Yankees decide to sell?

I should have a pretty definitive answer to that question in a little over two weeks.

Stay tuned.

You can listen to me on Wednesday from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. & Sunday 2 to 6 a.m. on WFAN Sports Radio 660/101.9 FM.
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