Though sources believe the Marlins and Yankees had a deal in place, Buster Olney reports that Lee denied any potential trade before the two teams were close to a deal.
With Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira recovering from a wrist injury and third baseman Alex Rodriguez on the disabled list with a broken hand, Lee would have filled in at first base while Eric Chavez played third. Lee could also serve as a designated hitter and has played outfield in the past.
The 36 year-old power-hitter was just traded from the Houston Astros to the Marlins earlier this season, but the Marlins looked to "sell" at the deadline after falling out of contention for the NL East division.
He is batting .284 with six home runs and 41 RBI in 87 games this season.
With the possibility of acquiring Lee off the table, the Yankees turned to other options and eventually acquired corner infielder Casey McGehee from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for reliever Chad Qualls. To replace Qualls in the bullpen, the Yankees activated Joba Chamberlain, who had been rehabbing in the minors from ankle and elbow surgeries.
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