The Yankees are still figuring out whether they are buyers or sellers. If it turns out to be the latter, outfielder Carlos Beltran will draw plenty of interest.
One such team would be the Toronto Blue Jays, according to ESPN's Jim Bowden. Beltran will become a free agent at the end of the season, and has been one of the few consistent Yankee hitters in 2016.
The All Star is currently hitting .298 with 19 home runs and 58 runs driven in. With a two-run single in the bottom of the sixth in a 5-3 loss to the Red Sox on Friday night, he became just the fourth switching-hitting player to surpass the 1,500-RBI plateau.
That dropped the Yankees to 44-45 and 5.5 games back of the Blue Jays (51-41) for the second Wild Card in the American League. There are five other teams between the Yankees and Toronto right now.
Recent reports say that Yankees GM Brian Cashman wants to trade talent (i.e., Beltran) for prospects that will help New York down the line. Meanwhile, owner Hal Steinbrenner and team president Randy Levine still want the Yankees to push for the playoffs.
If the Yankees do indeed go into sell mode, it is unclear whether Beltran would accept a trade to Toronto. As part of his contract, he can block trades to 14 teams, and it is unknown whether the Blue Jays are on that list.