First off i'll just point out that i'm a Blue Jays fan.
Now I acknowledge that the Yankees are Gold Standard when it comes to success when it comes to longevity and sustainability in regards to their history so i'm going at this with an unbiased view here.
Plain and simple the fact is age has simply caught up to your Yankees. Yes and while they are indeed in a playoff hunt let's not paint this more than it really is. The Yankees currently wield a .536 winning percentage and while that is ok it's nothing to boast about. Before people bring up the Blue Jays in comparison to the Yankees, let me remind you that this is not a thread about how the Jays have failed, it's a thread about how the Yankees are simply mediocre and will get worse in the future.
The facts are you have a ancient 3rd baseman no one likes who's body is probably going to deteriorate because of the steroids or lack thereof. An ancient Short Stop who will become more and more of an injury concern and who's value on the diamond relies solely with the bat.
A 2nd baseman who's in his prime but by the time the Yankees are true contenders again will be exiting it and most likely on the decline. A 1st Baseman who can't stay healthy and who's bat has seriously deteriorated and who's no spring chicken either.
You're marquee closer will be retired, and there's no replacing Mo. You have 2 starting pitchers who you have to rely on to stay or else they will retire and have to question how much they have in the tank. Your ace might be on the decline and is on the wrong side of 30. You're in need of a Starting Catcher. Brett Gardner is really the only true quality piece that's guaranteed to stay in the outfield. I'm not sure if there's more but feel free to point anything out.
Here's another problem, from what i'm reading on these forums is you guys don't have much in the minors and everything you might have that's worth it is in double A.
What the Yankees are now reminds me of Jenga, to keep building upwards you need to take a piece from below and place it on top, however the Yankees simply don't have enough pieces to keep building upwards.
Another way to look at it is it's a fruit that's been out in the sun and eaten, but delicious back in the day, however there's a dearth of seeds to plant.
Of course there's always the Free Agency route and while the Yankees most definitely have the money to sign whoever they want, FA is mostly about what your needs are and what is available and if you're in position to intrigue that player. I have no doubt the Yankees can sign anyone but the opportunity to sign high quality players isn't what it used to be, and by the time it does the Yankees will probably not look like the best situation in terms of winning despite whatever history they have. There's only so many times you can repair an old boat before it's time to build a new one.
What the Yankees should do is trade of anything they can, even if they have to eat a large portion of the salary. This means trading Cano now, before he becomes a untradable contract.
"But we're the Yankees, we don't do that, sign whoever and we'll be back on top". The Yankees dynasty was because they we're once a bad/very bad team and we're able to draft the likes of Jeter, Mo etc in the first place. If the Yankees want to truly contend again they'll need to go through a rebuilding process again. Once they have their next cornerstone franchise players, they then could use their financial clout to extend another run.
It's either that or they go the way of the Phillies, an old team with once great players trying desperately to contend, signing big contracts but have way too many holes pushing them to mediocrity to a below average team.
Anyways this isn't a bait thread honestly and you don't need to take it seriously at all if you wish. This is just a take of a fan from a different team who's bored because his team sucks and finds the Yankees current situation interesting. What the Yankees do this year will likely have a giant impact on where they are in 3-6 years.