The Yankees, Dodgers and Cardinals were among the clubs with a scout in attendance at Cliff Lee’s start in Detroit on Sunday afternoon, according to FOXSports.com. It marked the second straight start by Lee that the Yankees scouted.
Rival clubs believe the Yankees are pursuing Lee ahead of the July 31 non-waiver deadline, although it’s possible the Yankees are scouting Lee in preparation for his upcoming free agency, according to the report. The Mariners are widely expected to trade Lee this month.
New York also has been linked to Kansas City infielder/outfielder Willie Bloomquist, according to The Kansas City Star. Boston and Philadelphia also reportedly are in the mix.
That interest doesn’t sit well with his current manager. "I’m not advocating Willie going anywhere," K.C. skipper Ned Yost said. "I can’t tell you how valuable he is. He’s at the top of his position. I can’t think of another super-utility player who is as good as Willie outside of maybe Jamey Carroll (of the Dodgers)."