Yanks Go Yard, along with everyone else under the sun, loves to discuss the possibility of Philadelphia Phillies’ lefty Cliff Lee as a trade possibility. Cliff Lee doesn’t want to come to the Bronx. Sometimes, things just aren’t meant to be. The Yankees failed to land Lee when the Seattle Mariners dangled him during their World Series defense in 2010. He landed in Texas, and was a major reason the Rangers won the American League pennant.
So that winter, the Yankees thought they would just throw money at Lee and that would take care of everything. Wrong again. Lee held the Yankees hostage, making them believe they were in the running for his services, only to return to the team that dealt him to the Seattle Mariners to begin with, the aforementioned Phillies. Lee doesn’t like New York. If that isn’t obvious to Brian Cashman and the Yankees, then it never will be. If Lee were to be dealt to the Yankees, it could easily turn out as well as the Randy Johnson experiment in the Bronx did. I don’t need to remind the Yankees’ faithful how that nightmare ended.
Even if the Phillies were willing to give away Lee, who by the way, did not impress with as many as seven scouts in attendance last night during his first start off of the disabled list, it wouldn’t happen. Lee has a no-trade clause in his contract, limiting the Phillies from dealing him to up to 20 different teams. Guess who is on that list of 20? The only way, and I repeat, the only way, the Yankees convince Lee to waive his no-trade clause to come to New York, is for more money. In case you missed it last night, Lee got rocked, giving up 12 hits in 5 2/3 innings, and allowing 6 runs. This is a man who is still owed more that $60 million dollars on his contract, has elbow issues, and is on the wrong side of 35 years of age.
Cliff Lee doesn’t want to be in the Bronx, and the Yankees shouldn’t want him either. There are younger, cheaper, options to examine. The Yankees already have a pair of albatross contracts on the books in C.C. Sabathia and Alex Rodriguez. They don’t need to make it a triumvirate with Lee coming into too.