TORONTO -- Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston just assumes that ace Cliff Lee will wind up in Yankees pinstripes at some point. The fact that New York was rumored to be close to landing the lefty in a trade with the Mariners on Friday morning did not surprise Gaston at all.
"It was going to either be this year or next year," Gaston said. "It's going to be sooner or later. That's something I've been saying all year, that he's probably going to end up with the Yankees at the end of the season. They'll probably end up with [Rays outfielder Carl] Crawford, too. Maybe they won't, but that's my feeling."
As things turned out, the Yankees came up short in their attempt at prying Lee from the Mariners, and it was the Rangers who acquired the lefty in a Friday trade that sent Justin Smoak, Blake Beavan, Josh Lueke and Matt Lawson to Texas. Lee and Crawford are both eligible for free agency in the offseason.