Here’s something for Yankees fans to wake up to this morning: The Yankees are “on the brink” of landing Cliff Lee from the Mariners, the Post is reporting, with Jesus Montero as the centerpiece of a potential deal.
Speculation about Lee has been rampant for weeks, but it typically had been the Mets as the New York team with the most interest. The Yankees, as is often the case under Brian Cashman, were seen to be on the periphery but it appears they have swooped in and could be close to adding the stud lefty. There was no word on whether any deal would include a window to sign Lee, who is a free agent at the end of the season.
In an odd scheduling twist, Lee is supposed to face the Yankees tonight, though the Post says it’s possible the Yankees could keep him out of this weekend’s series if a deal is consummated today.
* That’s an AP shot of Lee