The New York Yankees have been at their most desperate this season and as of now, are not in the wild card race. At 53-52, six and a half games behind the first place Baltimore Orioles, the Yankees made some changes, trading some of their key offensive players before and at the trade deadline. 

No Runs DMC is no more

The highlight of the Yankees season so far was the performance of their three key bullpen pitchers, Dellin Betances, set-up man Andrew Miller, and closer Aroldis Chapman.

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They electrified fans with their performance on the mound and eager to see how many 100 mph pitches Chapman could throw in each of his outings.

The three were coined the nickname "No Runs DMC," and it seemed like they would all contribute to the Yankees pitching staff and make them the best bullpen in the majors.

However, it all started to come apart a week ago on July 25 when the Yankees dealt Chapman to the National League powerhouse Chicago Cubs.

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In return, the Yankees got pitcher Adam Warren, played for the Bronx bombers last season, and three minor league prospects, outfielders Rashad Crawford and Billy McKinney, and shortstop Gleyber Torres.

Fans were left heartbroken to see Chapman go, and were even more shocked to find out at the trade deadline that Miller was traded to the Cleveland Indians for four minor league players.

The role of the closer has been given to Betances, who is 2-4 with a 2.50 ERA and 90 strikeouts in 51 appearances so far this season.

Hopefully, with run support, he will have a good transition into his new role. 

Goodbye Beltran

The best offensive player in the Yankees lineup for most of the season had been center fielder Carlos Beltran, who at 39 years old, is playing like he is in his golden years.

He's batting .304, with 22 HR's and 64 RBI's and has lead the Yankees in most statistical categories so far this season.

With the trade deadline coming, Beltran was another name that the team was looking to trade at the deadline and got offers from multiple teams.

In the end, Beltran was dealt at the trade deadline to the Texas Rangers for three more minor league prospects. With Beltran gone, the current best offensive bats in the lineup is of catcher Brian McCann, with 15 HR's and 42 RBI's, and shortstop Didi Gregorious, who's batting .291. 

How does the Future look?

After trading away three key assets to their team, the Yankees are still thinking about making moves.

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There have been rumors about the possible trade that will send McCann back to the Atlanta Braves, and the talks of releasing designated hitter Alex Rodriguez, who's been struggling all season, batting only .209.

At this point, the Yankees would have to step up their performance at the plate and pitching would have to deliver. Struggling starter Luis Severino was recently recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders and has been slotted to the bullpen.

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Last night's win in extra innings against the New York Mets at Citi Field was a start, but they have a long way to go. Overall, the Yankees future is uncertain as of now. 

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