Sherman: Carlos Lee’s agent contacted Yankees

Out of options market offers Yankees little help
2013 Season Preview: The Center Fielders

Via Joel Sherman: Carlos Lee’s agent contacted the Yankees in the wake of Mark Teixeira‘s wrist injury. Doesn’t seem like there is much going on there, and it’s worth noting Lee invoked his no-trade clause to block a trade to the Bronx last summer. I guess he had a change of heart given the lack of job opportunities.

Lee, 36, is actually a decent fit as the stopgap first baseman/right-handed hitting outfield platoon bat. He’s an awful defensive player, but he can still hit lefties a bit (113 wRC+ vs. LHP since 2010) even though his power is disappearing and his offensive game is built around contact. Did you know Lee walked more times (54) than he struck out (49) in 2012? I sure didn’t. Anyway, I’m not too sure this one is going to happen despite the team’s current needs.

Out of options market offers Yankees little help
2013 Season Preview: The Center Fielders
  • Robinson Tilapia

    If I have to sign with the Yankees, I’ll eat a bag of dicks.

    Dalek Lee

    • don

      go ahead–you probably enjoy it anyway

  • Busy Mom and Novelist

    Resolved: Dr. Who fans are more annoying than Trekkies.

    • Electric Nunez ll

      As a fan of both TV shows, I’m honored to annoy one on a higher cultural plane, a “novelist”.

      Tom Baker, where have you gone…

      • Robinson Tilapia

        From your mouth to God’s ears. There is only one true doctor.

        • lightSABR

          Absolutely. Matt Smith.

    • trr

      well, there’s fewer of them…

  • trr

    when someone really wants a job, anything’s possible. I’m not sure I want him. Does everyone on this team have to be 35 or over?

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I like that contact rate, though. That’s for sure. Otherwise, sure, I’d rather have less of a defensive liability out there.

      • MannyGeee

        That being said, if everyone in the list is going to be a defensive liability, give me the guy who can still hit in some capacity…

        • Jim Is Bored

          Yup, this.

  • Ally

    Carlos Lee seems like a great fit to me. He’s a good RBI guy with few strikeouts. A lot like Derrick, but he played last year for Houston and Miami, so he’s not so rusty. Would cost no players as he is a FA. Doubt he would have to be paid much.

  • Jim Is Bored

    Why is Cashman still trying to trade for guys who are over the hill? Soon he’s going to trade away our prospects and we’ll be old and injury prone. We have to keep the young guys.

    Did I do it right?

    • Bob Buttons

      Your grammar and spelling were spot on, so no.

    • Rick

      Did it right, but he wouldn’t be trading for Carlos Lee.

      • MannyGeee

        I think you missed the joke

        • Rick

          I think you missed mine.

          • Jim Is Bored

            So did everyone else, then.

    • MannyGeee

      Needs MOAR exclamation pointz!!!!!11!!1onez!!!

      • Jim Is Bored

        Eddard uses grammar, spelling and punctuation, funny enough.

  • Eddard

    Carlos would be a good fit. We need more contact hitters who don’t strike out a lot. And he wouldn’t cost any prospects which we should be hording like gold right now. He would be a good bench player and mentor to the kids.

    • Jim Is Bored

      Eddard, thank you so much for posting right here. Perfect timing.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      ….but Casper Wells would apparently cost you Gary Sanchez.

  • JohnC

    Prediction: Yanks trade for Carlos Pena before ST ends

    • MannyGeee


  • Jim Cavanaugh

    I hope Cashman doesn’t sign anyone for now because it seems the deeper we get into Spring Training the more ridiculous these names get, so keep this going !!!

  • Endlessmike

    Lee,Rolen,Jones.Yeah Cashman is officially dumpster diving.

    • Jim Is Bored

      “Carlos Lee’s agent contacted the Yankees in the wake of Mark Teixeira‘s wrist injury.”

      Actually, the dumpsters are diving for Cashman.

  • gageagainstthemachine

    I’ve decided to bring in a few ringers, professional baseballers. We’ll give them token jobs at the plant and have them play on our softball team. Honus Wagner, Cap Anson, Mordecai “Three-Finger” Brown…

  • Greg

    Carlos Lee has become a weird player in his old age. Like a 270 pound Marco Scutaro.

  • Derek Jeter’s Fade

    Brining back Don Mattingly to play 1st base would be awesome! With the technology we have today, I’m sure he could still manage the Dodgers while playing first. That’s what Twitter is for!

    • Yankonymous

      Do his sideburns grow and recede with each uniform switch?