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Nats meet with Lee's agent

Posted on: December 7, 2010 4:29 pm
Edited on: December 7, 2010 6:34 pm
Remember that report from earlier today that the Nationals were out on Cliff Lee?

Well, that may not be accurate. Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo met with Lee's agent, Darek Braunecker, this afternoon at the Swan and Dolphin Resort,'s Mark Zuckerman writes .

Just as I was writing that, Rizzo confirmed to the Washington Post 's Adam Kilgore that they'd met with Braunecker.

"I still think we're a real long shot," Rizzo told Kilgore (via Twitter ).

The Nationals, like the Yankees, are unwilling to offer seven years, Zuckerman writes.

Also, senior writer Danny Knobler reports the Nationals have also talked to the Royals about Zack Greinke.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

UPDATE : Cliff Lee has two seven-year deals in place for an average annual value of over $20 million as 's Jon Heyman reports. The teams aren't the Yankees or Rangers as these teams had no plans to go to seven.

-- Evan Brunell

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Since: Aug 5, 2010
Posted on: December 7, 2010 9:58 pm

Nats meet with Lee's agent

It's not like it really makes a huge difference, but it is actually about $30k per at bat. Teams don't give AAA and AA kids a chance to play instead of paying big contracts because they have to have talented players in order to compete. Clubs that don't compete can't fill their stadiums and don't have the merchandise sales necessary to make any money. Professional sports is a business just like any other the most talented people make the most money because they can help the team make more money. You can't just give up and not pay good players because someone else will and then you end up like the Pirates.

Since: May 30, 2009
Posted on: December 7, 2010 5:24 pm

Nats meet with Lee's agent

Lee is a very good pitcher but seven years, no way. It seems like these owners are playing our fantasy sports with long term contacts that we use on a yearly and most of the time a daily basis. Long list of players now that are mid thirty and most recently a 38 year old hit on a 7 years deal worth millions. Good for him but is it really good for baseball. That player will be 40 years old in year 3 of this contract and playing in the National League with no DH. Most of the guys really are over the prime by 35. Yes exceptions like Nolan Ryan, but very few exceptions. Why not give some of the kids down in AAA and AA a opportunity to play. Live in Memphis and remember when Big Albert was here and only got a shot because of a hurt player. Bring up the cheaper players for now, give them a shot at the big bucks, and maybe they can lower those ticket prices so we can take our grand kids to a game. Is any player really worth 18 million dollars a year, I think that is about $100,000 per at bat. Foolish and receckless.

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