The Yankees were 'on the brink' of acquiring Cliff Lee last night, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Top catching prospect Jesus Montero would head to the Mariners in the potential deal. Seattle GM Jack Zduriencik wants to move quickly and has been in 'constant contact' with Yankees GM Brian Cashman over the course of the last week, according to Sherman. Other clubs remain involved, but the Yankees are the heavy favorite to acquire the lefty.
Update: Lee is supposed to face the Yankees tonight, but talks are intensifying, reports Jon Heyman of SI.com. Discussions between the Yankees and Mariners appear serious and it's 'quite possible' that a deal will be completed.
Update: Sherman hears that the Mariners would get at least three prospects, including Montero. Second baseman David Adams appears to be in the mix. Lee is supposed to face the Yankees tonight, but that could change. If a trade is completed today, Lee will not face the Mariners tonight, or possibly for the entire weekend series
Update: Meanwhile ESPN.com's Buster Olney reports that no deal is in place, and the Mariners could double back to continue discussions with the Rays, Twins, Rangers, Reds and others. The Mariners initially had a ‘huge’ asking price for Lee, but lowered their demands yesterday. As Olney points out, a trade for Lee could mean Javier Vazquez’s days in the Bronx are numbered.
Update: 10:44: Catching prospect Jesus Montero and second base prospect David Adams will head to the Mariners, possibly with another prospect, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, who broke the story.
Maybe there is a way we can get him without Smoak in the deal?
I don't know much about this kid. Who would be comparable in our system?
I guess this saves us from trading Smoak.