Lee, who split his 2010 MLB season with the Seattle Mariners and the Texas Rangers, is considered the best free agent this offseason, as teams continue to pine for the service of the lefty hurler.
Lee, two-time All-Star, went 12-9 with a 3.18 ERA, 185 strikeouts, and 18 walks in 28 games (13 with Seattle, 15 Rangers) last season.
He also won his first seven postseason games with a 1.26 ERA before losing to the San Francisco Giants in Game 1 and 5 of the World Series.
Cashman repeatedly insisted he aims to improve the Yankees’ “weak” pitching rotation, which he believed cost them a shot at the World Series title this year.
In spite of another impressive season from ace pitcher CC Sabathia, the Yankees other starters, especially A.J. Burnett and Javier Vazquez, failed to deliver the goods for the Bombers in the postseason.
Cashman, who tried to nab Lee before the July 31st trade deadline, is reportedly ready to offer a nine-figure deal for the high-profile free-agent.
Lee earned memorable postseason wins against the Yankees, the latest in Game 3 of ALCS, where he pitched eight scoreless innings in an 8-2 victory by the Rangers
According to recent reports, Braunecker has been contacted by seven MLB teams, including the Yankees, Rangers, Los Angles Angels, and Lee’s former team the Philadelphia Phillies.