BALTIMORE (CBSNewYork/AP) — The Yankees are just three games over .500 (61-58). They’re eight games behind the first-place Orioles in the American League East and 3 1/2 games behind the Tigers and Mariners for the second Wild Card spot in the AL.

With his team in danger of missing the playoffs for the second consecutive season, Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner is not a very happy man at the moment.

“They’ve got to step it up, and they know it,” he said in regard to New York’s batters at Major League Baseball’s owners meetings on Wednesday. He also added that the inconsistency “needs to change.”

Might general manager Brian Cashman be on the hot seat?

That remains to be seen, but the longtime GM probably shouldn’t feel overly secure about his job status.

Steinbrenner said he will wait until after the season to turn his attention to a new deal for Cashman, whose contract is expiring. Cashman has been the Yankees’ general manager since 1998.

The Yankees spent $471 million in free agency this past offseason on Carlos Beltran, Jacoby Ellsbury, Kelly Johnson, Hiroki Kuroda, Brian McCann, Brian Roberts, Brendan Ryan, Masahiro Tanaka and Matt Thornton.

Tanaka was brilliant before getting injured, but Beltran and McCann have had very disappointing seasons. Johnson, Roberts and Thornton are no longer on the team.

Prior to the trade deadline, Cashman acquired starting pitchers Brandon McCarthy and Chris Capuano, outfielder/infielder Martin Prado, infielder Stephen Drew and third baseman Chase Headley.

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