Lee will stay on Yankees' trade radar

Updated: July 3, 2010, 3:37 PM ET
By Buster Olney
The Yankees will have their Cliff Lee conversations, of course, because the Yankees, Red Sox, Phillies and other big-money teams will always at least talk about the best players available. Lee has your basic 78-to-5 strikeout-to-walk ratio, and he would improve a rotation that is already deep and talented; he would improve any rotation.

But keep in mind that the Yankees (like the Red Sox) have philosophically turned against the idea of trading prospects for a prospective free agent like Lee, which is why they ostensibly passed on Johan Santana, CC Sabathia and Roy Halladay when they were made available on the trade market. In retrospect, it appears they made the right call on Santana -- who would have cost them Austin Jackson and Phil Hughes and whose erosion has come steadily -- and Sabathia, a pitcher they ultimately landed in free agency. The jury is still out on whether passing on Halladay was a good thing.