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Yankees poised to make big offer for Lee

Posted on: December 8, 2010 12:08 pm
Edited on: December 8, 2010 5:01 pm
 
Lee The Cliff Lee market is about to get blown up with the inclusion of the Yankees' offer.

New York isn't willing to go seven years (yet) for Cliff Lee as two other mystery teams have done so far, but GM Brian Cashman is gearing up to make a big six-year offer that lands in the $140 million to $150 million range as SI.com's Jon Heyman reports. That would place an average annual salary of $23 million to $25 million on the deal, which would make him the second-highest paid pitcher in history when looking at AAV. Current Yankee CC Sabathia has $23 million on the nose, which Lee likely will eclipse. The highest-paid pitcher is Roger Clemens and his ridiculous $28 million AAV for the Yankees in 2007, although the deal was pro-rated as Clemens signed in midseason.

The Rangers probably can't hang with Lee on the total numbers, but president Nolan Ryan expressed optimism that the club could retain Lee, saying that he values winning which may make the seven-year offers -- depending on which teams offered them, of course -- invalid. In addition, Texas has no state tax which would allow it to make lower offers but still hang with the Yankees on total actual dollars.

Here's Joe Girardi talking about Lee and Derek Jeter:



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Comments

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2010 10:24 pm
 

Yankees poised to make big offer for Lee

yanks have had the highest payroll for years, how many titles do they have since 2000.



Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: December 9, 2010 2:06 am
 

Yankees poised to make big offer for Lee

So what are the Red Sox doing this year?  I agree you can't buy them but The Players Union, Free Agency and owners with a desire to win all contribute to the situation.  A cap... the Union would be screaming like banshees..please!  You got to pay up to get up.  I would like to see a cap but its not going to happen in my lifetime.  Fans are not patient especially with teams with a history of winning.  Developing every 18 year old that throws 96mph takes years ...its win and win now and you get that with veterans!  How many of those 18 year old blow out their arm or just can't handle the bright lights and big city...most of them and they are selling Insurance, doing time or operating the shake machine at the Dairy Queen in Nowheresville, U.S.A.  Yeah wake up Royals, Pittsburgh Cleveland...the game is passing you by!



Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: December 9, 2010 1:47 am
 

Yankees poised to make big offer for Lee

So the Red Sox and Mets spend money for years and we only have 2 titles from the Red Sox.  The Red Sox just spend 142 million on Carl Crawford and nobody knows what the A-Gon deal will be until next year (I'm guessing around 160 mil) and will still finish maybe 2nd or 3rd in the AL East.  I have to agree you can't buy it but you got to get players to stay competive.  The Yanks have never been afraid to open  the check book.  Have to disagree Lee will flop...he's played on some real bad teams with no run support of which he will get plenty of in NY.  And as for many guys flopping in NY when they get there and equal number have thrived and become better when putting on the pinstripes.  Lee knows how to get people out and doesn't walk many batters...important in hitter friendly parks such as Fenway and Yankee Stadium.  He doesn't try to throw the ball through a brick wall every pitch...he knows how to pitch and I see him performing at a high level for 6 or 7 more years.  Baltimore is going to be a lot tougher in 2011.  Showalter will motivate players to over achieve.  But 140 mil for Lee is not over paying... thats what it costs for a veteran, savvy lefthander.



Since: Dec 26, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2010 6:30 pm
 

Yankees poised to make big offer for Lee

Each yr the Yanks make a mokery of the greatest game.  I too am sick of it.  They don't earn championships they purchase them and still stay on top finacially even after paying the luxury tax.  There has to be a cap so teams like the Royals, Cubs, and others can attract decent players to compete.  At what point do MLB pimps fix this issue?  They were kicked in the groin with the steroid fail, which I blame MLB, and now the nonesense with controlling the best basball players in the market.  Wake up MLB.



Since: Oct 11, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2010 6:04 pm
 

Yankees poised to make big offer for Lee

As a lifetime fan of MLB baseball and current Diamondbacks supporter, I am sick and tired of going through this every season.  The Yankees, Red Sox and Angels (with a few surprise teams) are always vying for the top free agents, leaving everyone else to scavenge for second tier players.  Until there is a salary cap in MLB, it will continue to deteriorate, creating a far less competitive league and losing fans along the way.  Doesn't anyone else out there (who is not a Yankee, Boston or Angels fan) get tired of this?  The lack of equality in MLB is poisoning our national pastime.  I love this game and it pains me that no attempts are being made to fix this problem.  Enough already. 



Since: Dec 8, 2010
Posted on: December 8, 2010 5:43 pm
 

Yankees poised to make big offer for Lee

While Cliff Lee was a stud in the AL playoffs, going 2-0 against Tampa Bay and 1-0 against the Yanks, he went 0-2 and got ROCKED by the Giants in the World Series.  He is also about to be 32 years old and is 26-22 the last two years in the regular season.  This signing is going to be a monumental flop for the Yankees, count on it.  Looks more to me like the Yankees of old, throwing big money at over-the-hill stars.



Since: May 4, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2010 5:42 pm
 

Yankees poised to make big offer for Lee

I keep hearing how CLUTCH Lee is...

0-2 in the 2010 WS.

That is all....



Since: Dec 8, 2010
Posted on: December 8, 2010 5:41 pm
 

Yankees poised to make big offer for Lee

Hold on a second.  While Cliff Lee was a stud in the AL playoffs going 2-0 against Tampa Bay and 1-0 against the Yanks, but he went 0-2 and got ROCKED by the Giants in the World Series.  He is also about to be 32 years old and is 26-22 the last two years in the regular season.  This signing is going to be a monumental flop for the Yankees, count on it.  As for your Mets, they are 5th in MLB in payroll, outspending 25 other teams, so your argument about the Yankees ruining baseball should include their cross-town rivals.  Lastly, what is so ridiculous about the Yankees pitching staff?  Yes, CC Sabathia is in his prime and Phil Hughes had a great season, but Pettitte will be 39 in June and is constantly breaking down.  AJ Burnett showed what he is made of down the stretch and Javi Vazquez is quite mediocre.  All in all, the Yanks have 2 very good starters and lots of questions at the other rotation spots.  Looks more to me like the Yankees of old, throwing big money at over-the-hill stars.  



Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2010 5:23 pm
 

Yankees poised to make big offer for Lee

I don't know why all the negative feedback on this.  The Yankees have been buying players for 11 years now and have 1 title to show for it during that stretch.  Cliff Lee was a mediocre pitcher a few years back.  How many guys have we seen go to the Yanks and never see their elite status again.  If and when Lee does go to the Yankees I just look at this as them overpaying another guy.  Yes I think he's a great pitcher now, but it's rare to see guys perform at this level for that long, and 6 years is a long time.  



Since: Sep 9, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2010 5:14 pm
 

Yankees poised to make big offer for Lee

If the Yankees do indeed sign Lee and possibly Crawford this sport will continue its downward spiral in popularity. It is a shame that baseball has become such a joke. I don't begrudge the Yankees because they are playing by the existing salary policy. But I do believe that the sport will continue to lose fans especially from the small and mid level teams who are unable to compete payroll wise. They are just developmental fodder for the Yankees. Selig and company are fortunate that there is fantasy baseball because that's the only thing keeping some of their fan base from leaving!


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