MLB Trade Rumors: Cliff Lee and Jayson Werth to The Yankees?

Daniel LewigCorrespondent IJuly 9, 2010

NEW YORK - JUNE 29:  Cliff Lee #36 of the Seattle Mariners pitches against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on June 29, 2010 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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If early reports are true, the rich are about to get richer.

Talks have heated up to the point that a deal could be in place by the end of the day.  Cliff Lee could be shipped to the New York Yankees for a deal centered around prized catching prospect Jesus Montero.

The second rumor has the Yankees flipping Javier Vasquez to the Philadelphia Phillies for right-fielder Jayson Werth.

The best pitcher and potentially the best hitter on the market?  Really?!?!

Maybe it is like father, like son.

Ever since Brian Cashman assumed more control and the Steinbrenner sons took the reigns from King George, it hasn't been the Yankee way to trade key prospects for star veteran players.

But if these moves turn out, the Yankees might believe they need more breathing room in front of the once-again surging Tampa Bay Rays.  You might not have noticed the Rays have won six straight and eight of their last 10, but rest assured, the Yankees have.

Stay tuned.  In the middle of the LeBron James aftermath, New York may steal the headlines yet.