Another day, another former All-Star on the New York Yankees radar. According to reports, the agent for three-time All-Star Carlos Lee has contacted the Yankees to inform them his client would be interested in joining the team. This news comes a day after Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman said publicly that he would love to have former Atlanta Braves All-Star Chipper Jones on the team, as well as the news the team contacted longtime National League player Derek Lee.
The reason the team has been connected to all these names lately is the injury suffered last week to first baseman Mark Teixeira. The Gold Glove winning first baseman is expected to miss the next seven to nine weeks with a strained right wrist. Teixeira suffered the injury while working out with the United States World Baseball Classic squad. The Yankees could replace Teixeira with Kevin Youkilis at first base but that would create an opening at third base, hence the team’s interest in players at both positions.
Last season while playing for both the Houston Astros and Miami Marlins, Lee hit for a .264 average with nine homeruns and 77 RBI. Lee has played at the major league level since 1999, beginning his career with six seasons with the Chicago White Sox before spending a year and a half with the Milwaukee Brewers, half a season with the Texas Rangers, five and a half years with the Astros and 81 games with the Marlins to end last season. For his career, Lee has 358 homeruns and 1,363 RBI. Lee has spent the past two seasons primarily playing first base.