The Yankees were "on the brink" of acquiring Mariners ace Cliff Lee on Thursday night, but the trade fell through Friday, the New York Post reports. In fact, it appears New York is no longer in the Lee sweepstakes.
The Yankees were prepared to part with well-regarded catching prospect Jesus Montero, second baseman David Adams and pitcher Zach McAllister, according to the report. But the Mariners were concerned with Adams’ high ankle sprain and asked for another player to be included in the trade. New York said it was willing to do so, but Seattle increased its demands again, and the deal fell apart.
Another team might have sweetened its offer for Lee, the Post notes. The Rangers, Twins, Rays and Reds are among the other suitors for the pitcher.
Lee, who is 8-3 with an AL-best 2.34 ERA this season, is scheduled to pitch against the Yankees tonight in Seattle. As a member of the Phillies’ rotation last season, Lee recorded Philadelphia’s only two wins against New York in the World Series.
A trade to the Yankees would have reunited Lee, the 2008 AL Cy Young award winner, with former Indians teammate CC Sabathia, who won the award in 2007.