Meanwhile, the New York Daily News reported Tuesday that the Nationals will offer Lee a seven-year deal.
That could be a deal breaker for the Yankees, although the Washington Post refutes the report. “Not happening,” sources tell the Post.
Heyman adds that the Nationals are looking at “other pitching options.”
The Yankees are hesitant to add a seventh year due to Lee’s age. The lefty turned 32 in August.
Fellow left-handed starter CC Sabathia was on the receiving end of a seven-year contract from the Yankees in 2008. Sabathia was 28 when he signed the mega-deal.
The Rangers also want to re-sign Lee, who helped Texas reach the World Series for the first time after he was acquired from Seattle in July.
According to Heyman, belief among MLB insiders is that the Rangers won’t offer Lee more than five years.