3/14/2013 9:38 P.M. ET
Veteran 1B Lee declines Yankees' offer
By Gary Cotton / MLB.com
The Yankees will have to look elsewhere to fill the hole left at first base by the injured Mark Teixeira. As reported by Yahoo's Tim Brown, Derrek Lee declined the Bombers' offer to suit up for the 2013 season.
The 37-year-old Lee split 2011, the last of his 15 career seasons, with the Orioles and Pirates. He posted a combined .267/.325/.446 line with 59 RBIs and 19 home runs. The two-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove winner has 331 homers and a .281 average over his time with the Padres, Marlins, Cubs, Braves, Orioles and Pirates.
Lee will reportedly follow the lead of Chipper Jones, who also turned down the Yankees' invitation for the open spot. General manager Brian Cashman also reportedly reached out to former Reds third baseman Scott Rolen, who has hinted that he will retire this season.
If the Yankees decide to keep it in the family, Dan Johnson or Juan Rivera could fill in for Teixeira. Kevin Youkilis could also be moved from third base, with Jayson Nix, Ronnier Mustelier or Eduardo Nunez filling in there.
Gary Cotton is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.