Rumor: Yankees are not on Cliff Lee’s no-trade list, but no deal is happening

The Phillies may trade Cliff Lee at this year’s deadline, but despite the fact that the Yankees were interested in trading for him for years it doesn’t appear likely to happen.

As part of Lee’s contract there are nine teams that he is allowed to be traded to and the Yankees are one of them, however the Yankees are not interested, according to Joel Sherman of the NY Post.

The big difference from back in the days when the Yankees used to chase Lee around is Lee’s current contract with the Phillies and the new collective bargaining agreement.

Lee has three years and at least $87.5 million left on his deal plus a potentially vesting option while the Yankees are trying to get to under $189 million payroll by 2014. Since those things are at odds with each other it doesn’t seem like a potential trade is possible.

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