The Yankees' latest dynasty ended seven years ago. Any pretense of trying to win now stopped Monday.
Outfielder Carlos Beltran and pitcher Ivan Nova followed Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller out of the Bronx. Instead of contending for their accustomed playoff spot and a 28th World Series title, the Yankees will fight to avoid their first losing season since 1992.
After peaking at 56-52 last week, the Yankees dropped back to .500 with four straight losses, including a three-game weekend sweep by last-place Tampa Bay.
"A true playoff contender, you know, not a playoff pretender, wouldn't do that," general manager Brian Cashman said bluntly before the Yankees'...