The Yankees picked up their league leading 54th win and sixth in a row in Seattle last night, but according to the New York Post’s Joel Sherman that’s not all they have their eye on.
Take it away Joel:
The Knicks didn’t get LeBron James, but the Yankees were on the brink of obtaining Cliff Lee late last night for a package that would include top prospect Jesus Montero, the Post has learned.
Sherman also fingers minor league second baseman David Adams (.309/.393/.507 and injured since May) as a potential trade chit.
The rationale, according to Sherman, is that A.J. Burnett and Javier Vazquez can’t be trusted – especially in the postseason – and picking up Lee lets Cashman dangle Javy for prospects.
Personally, I’d rather see of Montero turns into something – he’s been hitting better in Scranton as of late – or have the Yankees focus their attentions on adding a bat.
However, it’s hard not to like Lee and its more than likely that Austin Romine has passed Montero for the title of Successor to Jorge in the eyes of some in the organization. And it’d be especially nice if they could pull this off before game time tonight, since Lee is the Mariners’ scheduled starter.
(h/t: Yahoo’s Big League Stew)
Steve Lombardi’s add-on: Hey, I thought, as per many, that the Yankees and Brian Cashman didn’t believe in trading top prospects for a player who they would then have to pay big bucks to keep – when they could just pay the money a few months later and sign the player as a free agent (and keep their prospects)?
If this deal goes down, then, well, I guess that “line” can be retired, huh?
Update 10:36 am EST: Buster_ESPN – Executive involved in Cliff Lee talks: The Yankees-Mariners deal “is just about done.”