The 2017 MLB season is approaching the midway point, and baseball fans know what that means - it is time to begin separating the contenders from the pretenders, and brace ourselves for a flood of MLB trade rumors. Right now, the new york yankees are definitely contenders, but are they on the verge of making a major trade or two to bolster their lineup?

Trouble at 1st base

The New York Yankees are currently leading the AL East Division by one game over the Boston Red Sox, despite limping home following an ugly west coast road trip. Losers of six straight, are the Yankees getting ready to make a major splash before the trade deadline?

In desperate need of some production at first base, the Yankees may be looking to pull off a deal to bring an established slugger to the Bronx.

With the never ending MLB trade rumors circulating, it seems New York may be interested in Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer. Once mired in a frustrating month-long slump, Hosmer’s batting average was below .200 heading into May.

Fast forward four weeks or so and Hosmer is now on pace for possibly one of the best offensive seasons of his career. So will the Royals use Hosmer as trade bait while he is running hot, or does Kansas City have plans on trying to resign him?

Hosmer will become a free-agent at the end of this season, and if the Royals believe they may not be able to strike a deal to keep him, don’t be surprised if teams start knocking at the Royals' front office door with interest in hearing a possible asking price.

One of those teams that will be interested in what the Kansas City Royals have to say will be the New York Yankees.

Matt Adams a perfect fit

How did the St. Louis Cardinals let Matt Adams get away? What may be a more puzzling question is how can the Atlanta Braves possibly let Adams go? When the Braves picked up Adams to fill in for the injured Freddie Freeman, they never imagined that when Freeman was ready to return they would be a bit hesitant to take Adams out of the lineup.

How hot is Adams? When Freddie Freeman injured his wrist, he was hitting .341 with 14 homers, 25 RBI and a 1.209 OPS in 37 games. Adams currently has a .308 average with nine homers, 25 RBIs, and a 1.013 OPS in 26 games since arriving in Atlanta. When Freeman returns, the Braves may look to deal Adams for several reasons. Number one, Freddie Freeman is a heck of a ball player that will probably be in Atlanta for years to come, and number two is Adams’ trade value has never been higher.

Adams is under contract for one more season, and he only makes $2.8 million per season. With all the struggles the Yankees have had offensively, Adams may be on the Bombers radar. With that short right field porch in New York, Adams and the Yankees may be a perfect match.