Yankees to acquire Lee?

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, Last Updated: 11:53 AM ET

NEW YORK -- The New York Yankees are reportedly close to acquiring pitcher Cliff Lee from the Seattle Mariners.

According to the New York Post, the Yankees would send prized catching prospect Jesus Montero to Seattle as part of a package for the left-hander.

The paper said the deal could come together this weekend. The Yankees are in Seattle for a four-game series that started Thursday night. Lee is scheduled to start for the Mariners in Friday's contest.

Other teams reportedly interested in the 31-year-old veteran are the Mets, Twins and Rangers.

Lee is in his first season with Seattle after splitting the 2009 campaign with Cleveland and Philadelphia. He is 8-3 with a 2.34 earned run average in 13 starts this season and enters Friday's contest with wins in four straight outings -- the first three of which were complete-game efforts and the last an eight-inning gem in which he allowed one run and fanned 11.

The Yankees were apparently interested in Lee this past offseason when the Phillies instead dealt him to Seattle after landing Roy Halladay in a trade with Toronto.

Lee beat the Yankees twice in the World Series last year with Philadelphia and was the 2008 Cy Young winner with Cleveland when he posted a record of 22-3 with a 2.54 ERA.

A trade would reunite Lee with CC Sabathia, his former teammate in Cleveland. It could also force the Yankees to make another move with a current strong rotation that includes All-Stars Sabathia, Andy Pettitte and Phil Hughes, as well as A.J. Burnett and Javier Vazquez.


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