NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) – The Yankees may have to go back to the drawing board… again.
According to WFAN’s Jon Heyman, the Phillies and Red Sox are close to having a deal in place that would send Philadelphia starting pitcher Joe Blanton to Boston.
The Phillies have been considering trading Blanton to clear payroll space in the wake of Monday’s Cliff Lee signing, a person familiar with Philadelphia’s deliberations told the AP Monday.
With Blanton reportedly on the Yankees’ radar, New York would be sent scrambling toward other options.
The Yankees’ Plan B scenarios start with swaying Andy Pettitte away from retirement. Pettitte arguably holds more value for the Yankees now that Lee is out of the picture, and they may have to pay the veteran lefty more than planned to convince him to return.
Kansas City Royals starter Zack Greinke holds a no-trade clause to the Yankees, but may not be a good fit.
Tampa Bay’s Matt Garza and Atlanta’s Derek Lowe have been linked to trade speculation, and could be possible targets for the Yankees.
Lee passed up an extra $50 million from the Yankees and reached a preliminary agreement on a $100 million, five-year contract with the Phillies on Monday night.