With the All-Star game over and the second half of the 2016 MLB season resuming on Friday, the New York Yankees, who are currently in 4th place in the American League East with a 44-44 record, 7.5 games behind thefirst place Baltimore Orioles, and are in the talks of possible trades and changes to the roster, trying to get the organization back in order.

Yanks stirring the pot?

The way the Yankees are playing as of now was not the way fans, front office staff, and even the players themselves were expecting. There were high expectations coming into this season with a few new addictions, such as former Cincinnati Red's reliever Aroldis Chapman, who's dominant fastball is constantly in the 100 mph range, and infielderStarlin Castro from the Chicago Cubs.

The season was off to a rough start from the beginning, as Chapman was suspended the first 30 games of the season under MLB's new domestic violence policy, and rookiefirst baseman Greg Bird, who batted .261 in 46 games, underwent surgery to repair a Labrum tear in his right shoulder and was ruled out for the entire 2016 season.

Rollercoaster ride

For the first half of the season, the Yankees had a lot of ups and downs. One of the ups were when center fielder Aaron Hicksthrew the fastest recorded throw, clocked at 105.5 mph by Statcast, in a 5-2 loss against the Oakland Athletics on April 20, a throw that threw out the runner Danny Valenica at home plate. Othersups was when Carlos Beltran hit his 400th career home run on May 15 against the Chicago White Sox, and his 2,500 hit, which was a home run off of Tampa Bay Ray's pitcher Matt Moore 13 days later on the 28th.

The Yankees bullpen has also been dominant, featuring relievers Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller, and Chapman. The three key bullpen members have coined the nickname "No Runs DMC." The teamalso had a better month in May, going 16-13.

The downs of the season include Yankees having a weak first month, going 8-14 in April and starter Luis Severino starting the the season 0-6 in seven starts with a 7.46 ERA before going on the 15-day disabled list due to right triceps inflammation, and being opted to Triple A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.

There have also been injuries to first baseman Mark Texeira and third baseman Alex Rodriguez that put them out for a period of time. Starter Michael Pineda is also not living up to his expectations this season, with a 3-8 record and a 5.38 ERA in 17 starts. On July 1, after giving up six earned runs to the San Diego Padres in four innings of work, starter Nathan Eovaldi was moved to the bullpen, adding another downside to the struggling starting pitching.

Play for today or plan for tomorrow

With the Yankees wanting to make changes withdesperate to finish the season on a good note, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman feels that the Yankees should sell its assets off and plan for a better future, while team owner Hal Steinbrenner and president Randy Levine, feel the team still has strong possibilities for the rest of the season. With the trade deadline in two weeks, the Yankees have been rumored to possibly trade away key players on their roster. Some of the possible trade rumors involve Chapman and Millerbeing sent to either the Washington Nationals, Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers, or the Cleveland Indians. Whether it is possible or not, the Yankees are looking for a change.

The Yankees resume play on Friday, facing off against the Boston Red Sox to begin a three game series at Yankee Stadium. The second place Red Sox already have 4-2 record against the Yankees this season and the Yankees are hopeful to put the Red Sox in their place.

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