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Derrek Lee turns down offer from Yankees, to stay retired

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

Derrek Lee
The Yankees couldn't coax Lee out of retirement. (Getty Images)

Remember how the Yankees were said to be pursuing retired players Derrek Lee, Chipper Jones and Scott Rolen (who hasn't officially retired, to be specific) to fill the void left by Mark Teixeira's injury? Lee actually had an offer and has turned it down, deciding to stay retired, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com can confirm. The news was first reported by Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports.

Jones already shut down the talk before it really picked up, so it looks like the Yankees are going in-house unless they can get Rolen.

The Yankees need corner infield help due to Alex Rodriguez's hip injury and Teixeira's wrist injury. With Kevin Youkilis being able to play either corner, a first baseman or third baseman would do the trick.

As I mentioned in discussing both Lee and Rolen, the Yankees only need a replacement for four to six weeks, so would it really be worth signing only to be benched after a few weeks? Remember, Rolen won a World Series ring with the 2006 Cardinals, so it's not like he'd be holding out hope for a ring a la Jim Thome.

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