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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:



-- Evan Brunell

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Comments

Since: Jun 1, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2010 2:50 pm
 

Yankees poised to make big offer for Lee

MLB needs to fix this with a salary cap and more revenue sharing just like the NFL has. That way teams not in NY might have a legit shot at signing players to keep their team from having to rebuild. Then teams like Milwaukee or KC wouldn't have issues keeping players because the Yanks will just out bid them heck the Yanks out bid themselves for CC. When small market teams actually develop a player the first thing on fans minds are we better enjoy him before he goes to the Yankees in 2 years. Like the Brewer fans have been hearing with Fielder. If MLB cared at all about fans they would make it fair for all teams to have a chance in keeping their big name players. That might allow some of those teams to have a chance at playoffs more then once every 20 or 30 years.



Since: Sep 30, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2010 2:49 pm
 

Yankees poised to make big offer for Lee

You just said that that owners put the Luxury tax in their pockets.. Well, you dont know what your talking about 14 teams split 25 milliion dollars last year.... The Yankees paid 14 teams  a little over 1.4 million dollars each.. Now how many extra players can you get with an extra 1.4 players from the luxory tax Arm Chair? The Revenues from Television to Playoff teams is near 50 million per7 Gam Series for both teams in the playoffs.



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2010 2:48 pm
 

Yankees poised to make big offer for Lee

DaBearsrulebich I am waiting for a response to my last post, that has actual facts about World series teams....





Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2010 2:48 pm
 

Yankees poised to make big offer for Lee

You also mention Washington and If I am not mistaken there ownership could buy and sell the Steinbrenners many times over not to mention Seattles and many other teams. Like the old saying goes "It takes money to make money" If other teams put money into there teams they would make more money. Yes the Yankees are the most valuable team but there owners are far from having the most money.



Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2010 2:41 pm
 

Yankees poised to make big offer for Lee

Im not saying that revenues from luxury tax equal playoff money but only 25% of the teams in baseball make the playoffs each year so playoff money isnt the answer either.



Since: Sep 30, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2010 2:40 pm
 

Yankees poised to make big offer for Lee

have you won a Worl Series? No.. Cost of living.. TV Contracts... Costs of anual salary down in  Houston... If your average man in Houston make two times less then a new york salary your cost per ticket, beer, televison cable rights are going to be significantly lower.. That means your team owner can not spend as much as NY Boston Anaheim... Three NBA Teams, Two NFL Teams.. Playoff Revenue for your team.. You dont make the playoffs every year like the Yankees so you don[t get the back and money that comes with the networks that televise your teams, any more questions..



Since: Sep 30, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2010 2:35 pm
 

Yankees poised to make big offer for Lee

Armchair the Yankees are the only team in baseball to pay for the luxury tax for 7 years it has been established.. Boston had to pay 8 million for an arbritration over seas contract they offered to some Japanese player last year.. no other team pays the luxury tax...




Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2010 2:34 pm
 

Yankees poised to make big offer for Lee

Dabears tell us how it is that Houston being the 4th largest city in the country and almost 4 times as populated as Boston cant win a world series?



Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: December 8, 2010 2:33 pm
 

Yankees poised to make big offer for Lee

Hard for me to believe Tampa lets Garza go to a division rival...but stranger things have happened.  Tampa is on the brink of a WS Championship but owned by former Wall Street Brokers so they are cognizant of bottom lines.  I just can't see letting Crawford and Garza go when they are so close.  Re-sign them and get in on the Cliff Lee sale.  Tampa finally gets its bullpen squared away..now they are going to let a championship or two get away over a couple hundred million dollars.  Maybe Tampa can't draw flies at the Trop but you keep that team together and you have other cities in a price war to buy them.  The ownership in Tampa will move sooner or later to a more attractive market...plant the seed money now to make hundreds of millions a couple of years down the road!



Since: Sep 30, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2010 2:31 pm
 

Yankees poised to make big offer for Lee

armchair are u kidding me.. DO you know how many team paid for the luxury tax last year? You don't because only tow team paid into the luxury tax Boston 8 million and the yankees 24 million so the other low level teams get to split 32 million among the other 14 teams.. Wow you know baseball


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