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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: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2010 1:33 pm

Yankees poised to make big offer for Lee

Baseball needs a salary cap. I am so tired of the Yankees and Red Sox just buying whomever they want.

Since: Jul 20, 2010
Posted on: December 8, 2010 1:22 pm

Yankees poised to make big offer for Lee


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