FOX Sports is reporting that the New York Yankees are showing interest in Seattle left-hander Cliff Lee, if the price drops.
The sincerity of the Yankees’ interest has been in question, but they are indeed “kicking the tires,” according to a source with knowledge of the team’s thinking.
The source, however, estimates that the Yankees’ chances of landing Lee are “less than 50 percent,” and says that such a move likely would require the team to spin right-hander Javier Vazquez to another club.
Vazquez, like Lee, is a free agent at the end of the season. The difference is that the Yankees want to sign Lee but probably will not re-sign Vazquez — even though Vazquez, after a rocky start, is 4-2 with a 2.93 ERA in his last seven starts.