Really, the only remaining question now is how many players the Yankees will trade.

As I reported Saturday, the Yankees will be willing to move potential free agents such as closer Aroldis Chapman and right fielder Carlos Beltran if they do not turn around their season before the Aug. 1 non-waiver deadline.

And if the Yankees do turn around their season, they had better do it quickly -- they have lost their first two games out of the All-Star break, prompting manager Joe Girardi to call Sunday's series finale against the Red Sox as "important a game as we've had in July in a long time."

The Yankees are 44-46, a study in mediocrity, a crashing bore. Yet, once they decide that 2016 is a lost cause, they can effectively control the trade market. A number of their starting pitchers, relievers and position players are of interest to rival clubs.

This whole thing is new to the Yankees. Ownership does not want to concede. Brian Cashman, since becoming general manager in 1998, has never sold. The Yankees, remember, passed on chances to move second baseman Robinson Cano in '13 and closer David Robertson in '14 before losing them as free agents. Acting as a seller -- trusting your scouts and analysts to identify the proper young talent to acquire -- comes with inherent risk.