BREAKING: the Lee deal is blowing up — Rangers jumping in?

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UPDATE: Sherman is now hearing that it’s the Rangers jumping in (UPDATE: AOL’s Frankie Piliere, a former Rangers scout, is confirming that it’s the Rangers).  If a team is going to come and knock the Yankees’ offer out, it’s likely to be the Rangers and their extremely rich system.  The problem is that’s it’s rich in players, not money, and current payroll is a huge issue given the bankruptcy and all. But there are many potential workarounds there.  Like I said, we’re in anything-can-happen-land right now.

3:49: P.M.: Joel Sherman — who started this stuff at 4AM this morning — is reporting that the Cliff Lee deal is imploding:

Mariners backing off Yankees offer, Post has
learned. Does not look like Yankees are in it . . .
To repeat the Yankees aren’t getting
Cliff Lee, Mariners concerned about David Adams’ ankle plus apparently another team has
jumped in hard

We’re well into anything-in-the-world-can-happen territory right now, kids. No clue who the other team is. No clue if what Sherman says is true about the Yankees being out.  Either way, fasten your seat belts, because this is going to be a bumpy ride.

Angels acquire Jabari Blash from the Yankees

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The Yankees announced on Wednesday that the club traded outfielder Jabari Blash to the Angels in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Blash, 28, was acquired by the Yankees from the Padres back in December in the Chase Headley trade. In trading Blash to the Angels, the Yankees were able to free up a spot on the 40-man roster for Brandon Drury, the infielder they acquired as part of a three-team trade with the Diamondbacks and Rays on Tuesday.

Over parts of two seasons in the majors, Blash has hit an underwhelming .200/.323/.336 in 279 plate appearances. He will try to play his way into a bench role for the Angels this spring.