Lee to Yanks Close?
The New York Post is reporting that the M’s are close to sending Cliff Lee to the Yankees for Jesus Montero (20-year-old catcher), David Adams (23-year-old 2nd baseman), and a third prospect. Many other sources confirm that the deal is close, but nothing is done. Texas or Minnesota could still jump in and make a deal that the M’s like more, but this is a really strong offer – Montero is legitimately an elite prospect, and probably the best hitting prospect in the minors. For Texas to beat this offer, they’d have to put Justin Smoak on the table. For Minnesota, it’s probably something like one of their starting pitchers and Aaron Hicks.
So, yeah, while I’d rather not see Lee go to the Yankees, this is good news for the M’s. They’re going to get a great return for Lee, assuming this report is true. We’ll have more if it becomes official.