As the trading deadline came and went on Thursday, the New York Yankees did make a deal for a frontline starter and it may turn out to be a blessing in disguise. The Yankees had been rumored to have been players in trading for Phillies starter Cliff Lee. Lee was placed on the DL By the Phillies on Thursday night with a left flexor pronator strain.
The Yankees had been linked to Lee as late as Wednesday night, as a target before Thursday's deadline. Lee first suffered the injury earlier this season and he re-aggravated the left flexor strain on Thursday evening. With this recent injury to Lee, the Phillies have announced that Lee will most likely be lost for the season. The word out of Philadelphia is that surgery will be needed and Lee will miss the rest of the 2014 campaign.
As much as Yankees GM Brian Cashman has been criticized for not attaining a top line starter before the trade deadline, he definitely dodged a bullet by not biting on Lee. Lee who previously balked at signing with the Yankees, is still owed $45.8 million by the Phillies though the end of next year. And that is a tab that the Yankees did not need to pick up. Lee had passed up being a Yankee in the past andon Thursday, the Yankees passed on Lee.
The Yankees were linked to Lee and fellow Phillies starter Cole Hammels and did not make a deal for either. With David Price and John Lester being dealt on Thursday, the Yankees were under pressure to make a big time deal. Cashman passed on Lee, and it may turn out be the best move he made during the trade deadline. By saving $48.5 million on Lee , the Yankees will have much more flexibility to make a move later this season and during the off-season.
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