This is presumably before the Yankees send Chad Qualls to Pittsburgh for Casey McGehee. Jayson Stark of ESPN reported that the Marlins and Yankees had a deal in place for veteran outfielder Carlos Lee only to have Lee veto the deal at the last minute.
Lee, 36, is not nearly the player he once was. He can’t hit the same way, he can’t run and he can’t play much defense. He can still hit righties a bit though and has a decent .311/.371/.413 line against them this season. It’s hard to see what the Yankees like about that though since Ichiro Suzuki also hits righties well, but I suppose you can never have too much depth.
It’s possible that the Yankees could still get him though if they really wanted him. Bob Nightengale of the USA Today reported earlier today that the Marlins were prepared to waive Lee if they couldn’t find a trading partner for him. Again, the Yankees don’t really need an outfielder who can hit righties though and since the McGehee trade they need him even less so it seems unlikely.