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AL East Notes: Yankees selling, Machado extension

The latest news from around the American League East.

MLB: New York Yankees at Cleveland Indians David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

The Yankees being .500 at the All-Star break is certainly unfamiliar territory for a team that has won 27 world championships. That being said, the baseball operations department of the Yankees, headed up by general manager Brian Cashman, believes that selling is the best course of action for this team.

For Cashman, the only thing standing in his way of achieving that plan is the business side, and owner Hal Steinbrenner. The owner, along with team president Randy Levine both believe that the team is still in contention.

If the Yankees do decided to sell, they have a lot of attractive assets. Aroldis Chapman will certainly draw a bunch of interest, as will Nathan Eovaldi, Ivan Nova and Carlos Beltran.

More from around the American League East:

Standings ‘as of writing’:

Baltimore 51-36 — GB

Boston 49-38 2.0 GB

Toronto 51-40 2.0 GB

NY Yankees 44-44 7.5 GB

Tampa Bay 34-54 17.5 GB