In an unsurprising turn of events, the Phillies placed Cliff Lee on waivers yesterday. There were some rumors that the Yankees had talked to the Phillies about trading for the starting pitcher before the trade deadline, but only to hit an impasse when the Phillies GM Ruben Amaro demanded top prospects and refused to include money. Now that we’re into August, players must be put on waivers to be traded. If Lee clears waivers, or the Yankees put in a claim, there is a possibility the left hander could finally wear pinstripes.
To be honest, I thought the time of Lee in pinstripes had passed when he rejected a reported 7 year $150 million deal, only to take a discount with the Phillies. I would assume the Yankees believed so too by publicly stating that they are attempting to reach a $189m budget in 2014, and were unlikely to take on any big contracts. However, the Yankees recent interest in July, and the absence of the team from his no-trade clause, continues to inspire speculation that a trade could happen.… Click here to read the rest