From the Pirates official site -
Lee’s contract with the Yomiuri Giants expired after the 2006 season, and there has been widespread speculation that Lee would like to sign with a Major League team. The Yankees reportedly have agreed to begin negotiations with Lee this offseason.
This ties back into what was reported last July.
If the Yankees do sign this player, it means Giambi is the full-time DH and it also means less playing time for Melky Cabrera. And, it probably means that Bernie Williams is done in New York.
Unless…would the Yankees look to trade Abreu, and cash, to some team for a starting pitcher? There are many teams that would love Abreu’s bat – but not at $15.5 million for 2007 with a $2 million buyout for 2008. Sure, the Yankees could throw in $7 million to make this attractive for someone. But, Abreu still has that no-trade clause.
Still…Venezuela ties Abreu and Ozzie Guillen together. Would the White Sox take Abreu (and cash), and move him to LF for 2007, in exchange for someone like Freddy Garcia? Would that interest the Yankees?
This whole thing is probably just bad news for Melky in 2007.