As presently constructed, the Yankees are not a very good ball club. Barring any trades, this team will struggle just to make the playoffs.
There are several factors why this team is not going to win a World Series with this present cast.
The problems are many. Let's begin with the starting pitching staff.
CC Sabathia is good but he's not been as dominant as he has been in the past. He's only 30 but has a lot of mileage in that left arm.
A.J. Burnett is an enigma. He has pitched alright this year but he's not a guy you can truly count on. He's up and down and inconsistent.
No Phillip Hughes as he battles a mysterious arm ailment.
Ivan Nova is an unproven rookie and Bartolo Colon has seen better days. Who knows when he'll break down.
They need starting pitching badly.
The bullpen is alright but they could use another lefty. Boone Logan has regressed from last year and Rafael Soriano, who was great last year as the Rays closer, has stunk it up this year as Mariano Rivera's set up man. As for Rivera, well, he's the same as always and Yankee fans thank God every day for that.
The team is aging. Derek Jeter is having his worst season at 36. A-Rod will be 36 in July. Mark Teixeira is 31. The only infielder in his prime is Robinson Cano.
The DH, Jorge Posada has seen better days. No longer a catcher Posada is hitting just .146. He'll be 40 in August.
The Yankees need to get younger over the next few years. Right now they are old and looking it. And it's only May.
General Manager Brian Cashman needs to work some trade magic this summer if the Yankees are to make it to the postseason and then make a run. First and foremost they need pitching. And it would also behoove them to try to get younger for the future.
So while the Yankees are in first place for the time being, the Rays are fast approaching and the Red Sox, despite their phlegmatic start, are just 4 games back. It could be a long summer for the Yankees.