We're a little more than a month away from the trade deadline. That means teams will start looking for trades to make to upgrade their teams either for the short term or the long run, and that includes the New York Yankees.
The Yankees have been doing well of late. They're finally in first place in the AL East after struggling in May. Just because they're in first place doesn't mean that the team is perfect. The Yankees have several flaws that need to be addressed if they plan on going to the World Series.
All of the teams in the AL East are strongly contending for the division lead. Seven games in the loss column separate the Yankees from the last-place Boston Red Sox (that's the sound of delight escaping every Yankee fan's mouth mixed with the sound of anger escaping every Red Sox fan).
Any team can take the division lead back from the Yankees. The Yankees are still having trouble with runners in scoring position, pitching depth and dealing with the loss of Mariano Rivera.
Brian Cashman probably has several trades that he'd like to make, but he's not going to be able to make all of them. He's also not going to be able to address all of the Yankees' problems by the time the trade deadline comes and goes.
There are just some troubles that require time to solve. Midseason trades are for quick fixes to help the team make the playoffs and eventually win the World Series. The problems in this list are bigger than your average problem.