The Yankees weren’t pleased with the Mariners’ last-minute decision to back away from what was believed to be an agreement to deal Lee to New York on Friday, according to the New York Post.
"The Yankees do not do business that way," a Yankees official told the newspaper. "When we say something is a deal, it is a deal. Yes, this is frustrating and disappointing."
The New York Post reported the Yankees believed they had a deal in place to acquire Lee on Thursday night. All that remained were the physical reports on Yankees prospects Jesus Montero, David Adams and Zach McAllister, all of whom would have been shipped to Seattle for Lee. When the Mariners expressed concern about Adams’ injured ankle, however, the problems began. Seattle began to ask for different prospects, New York balked, and Seattle went back to Texas, which agreed to include Justin Smoak in a deal for Lee.
"I don’t think 30 general managers would agree that what the Mariners did was real ethical," another Yankees official told the New York Post.
And a rival general manager echoed those sentiments. "It’s disappointing to hear that Jack (Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik) shopped that around, that’s not right," an executive from a team not directly involved in the Lee trade told the New York Post. "You don’t do that with any team, and you don’t do it with the Yankees, because (GM Brian) Cashman will drop you in a heartbeat. You don’t use the Yankees because they never forget."