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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'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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Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2010 2:27 pm

Yankees poised to make big offer for Lee

Back to my first post the Texas Rangers ( salary rank 19 of 30) just lost to the SF Giants ( salary rank 14 of 30) in the last World Series.... When the Red Sox out of playoffs, Mets out of Playoffs, Chicago Cubs and White Sox out of playoffs and Yankees and Philly being beaten by Texas and SF in ALDS and NLDS.  If its all about money why were the top 5 highest payroll teams not in the World Series....

The last 5 years starting in 2006 with St Louis there is always a mid market or Low market team the only year that was not true was 2009 when Yankees played Philly...

07- Colorado
08- Tampa
09- No team
10- Both texas and SF

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2010 2:26 pm

Yankees poised to make big offer for Lee

DaBears.....teams that dont get playoff revenue do get plenty of luxury tax money which the owners pt in there pockets

Since: Sep 30, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2010 2:25 pm

Yankees poised to make big offer for Lee

Craig no that those are opening day budgets... How do you think they got Pat Burrell salary on their team... Wait let me guess Santa Claus pays for that.. And the other players they traded for who pays for that... The Buggie Man... The salary for the entire year was 118 million.. my fact are right on. You have to do a little more research then typing San Fransico's 2010 opening day salary when you type the phrases into google..

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2010 2:22 pm

Yankees poised to make big offer for Lee

I believe the Sox payroll was 161m not 153

Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: December 8, 2010 2:18 pm

Yankees poised to make big offer for Lee

The Yankees cry ...please.  We don't need Lee, we can win with what we have on the current roster and our AAA Players.  The Yankees are committed to winning and position themselves to win with good players!  Good luck to any Pro Franchise trying to win just through their farm system.  So many ownerships and ownership groups are just content with revenue sharing and the T.V. money (K.C., Pirates, to name just a couple) that they don't care about Championships just their bottom lines. This is how the game is played now pay up or shutup!  Pro Athletes are just prostitutes, thank Curt Flood & Marvin Miller don't blame the Yankees because they will pony up the bucks.

Since: Feb 15, 2010
Posted on: December 8, 2010 2:17 pm

Yankees poised to make big offer for Lee

I think it's a great move on the Yankees part. Go after Lee hard, he will put up Sabathia stats. That will be the best 1-2 punch in baseball right next to Halladay and Oswalt. If the Yankees can send out CC, Lee, Hughes, AJ (Horrible) and land a solid #5 (Garza? try out Nova?) It will be the easiest best rotation in the AL

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2010 2:15 pm

Yankees poised to make big offer for Lee

San Francisco Giants

Contract information is unofficial & collected from various published reports.
Service time in years & days (through 2009 season).

Bill Neukom became the Giants' managing general partner in October, 2008, with his predecessor, Peter Magowan, retaining a stake the the team. A group led by Magowan and Harmon Burns had purchased the club for $100M in 1992. Forbes magazine valued the club at $483M in April, 2010.
  • O pening Day payrolls
    (Major League contracts plus pro-rated signing bonuses)
    • : $ 96,277,833
    • : $ 82,616,450
Wrong again my friend check your stats before you yell at other people.....

Since: Sep 30, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2010 2:11 pm

Yankees poised to make big offer for Lee

The Yankee Payroll last year 210 million dollars. The next closest team 153.... Enough said.. Nobody payroll is near the yankees that 3 extra 20 million dollar players... That equals playoffs every year and takes away from teams getting playoff money sent to them... Playoff revenues are huge for anyteam especially for teams that have payrolls under 80 million as half the league has... Also San Fran is not a low level market, their payroll was 118 million last year.. No what you are talking about.

Since: Sep 30, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2010 2:07 pm

Yankees poised to make big offer for Lee

Hey idiot who thinks owner should do more to put a better product on the field: Only 9 Teams can geographically and economically put a product on the field to compete with the Yankees... look at the sheer numbers for the other teams in baseball.. your an idiot... 9 teams and 9 teams only can win the world series.... Count the how many teams have one the world series since 1990 idiot... Pittsburgh, no chance, Kansas City, no chance, Milwaukee, no chance, Houston No chance, Oakland no chance, Baltimore no chance, Washington no chance... these are teams with no chance now that the Yankees are allowed to spend as much as they want.... Its called economic demographics idiots.. If Fans can't pay 16 dollars a beer, then they can't make that money... If teams don't have their own baseball networks then they cant double dip like the Yankees...YES Network... No what you are talking about idiots before you post.. Dumb Blonde answers... Dumb ass Yankee Fans

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2010 2:00 pm

Yankees poised to make big offer for Lee

Guys over the last 6 years if you look at the Wrold Series teams there is always a small market team in the dance... Are the SF Giants a big market team..... Tampa Bay was not either.... Yes the Yankees have a huge advantage but that does not mean they always win, in fact 1 title in 10 years shows that its not all about money.  Both Chicago team spend money, the Mets do as well and those teams are not great... so all the complaining about spending means little when it comes to wins.  The AL east aside every other division has teams that spend about the same from the AL west to the NL west.

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