The Yankees have a split within the organization between the owners and baseball operations people about whether to buy or sell, according to ESPN's Wallace Matthews.
Matthews reports that while Brian Cashman and the baseball operations aspect of the Yankees think the team should become trade deadline sellers, the business side of the team lead by team president Randy Levine and owner Hal Steinbrenner instead still consider the Yankees contenders.
It is hardly surprising that there are differing opinions regarding how the Yankees should handle the trade deadline this season. The Yankees' uneven performance on the field and watered down standings has aided in the stalemate. There are times in which the Yankees have looked like a very competitive team (the four-game series against the Cleveland Indians before the All-Star break for example), and other times when they have looked pathetic (the six-games prior to that same series).
The Yankees ownership faction might have become more open to listening to the baseball operations staff in recent years, but when all is said and done, Steinbrenner and Levine seem to be more involved than simply approving the direction of the team, as some other organizations are run. Yankees ownership tends to make unilateral decisions, leaving the baseball operations to deal with the roster implications later. It is easy to see that ownership would much rather hold postseason games in the Bronx this season versus sell assets and admit defeat.
Postseason baseball is where the money flows, but even if the Yankees choose to buy or stand pat, there is little assurance that the club would reach the playoffs. My contention remains; the Yankees best bet is to try to buy and sell , something that Cashman might be able to convince ownership to do, especially if the Yanks come out flat in the second half.