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Cliff Lee may decide early this week

Posted on: December 12, 2010 8:51 pm
Edited on: December 12, 2010 11:34 pm
 
Lee The Cliff Lee Watch tag may finally come to an end this week.

MLB Facts and Rumors first busted out the tag prior to the trade deadline as Lee eventually was dealt to the Rangers. That tag was resurrected once Lee hit free agency and has been used so much that only Lee himself (who paces the field by far), Stephen Strasburg, Adam Dunn, Derek Jeter, Carl Crawford and Roy Oswalt are the only players to beat out the Cliff Lee Watch tag for most articles written about it. Heck, Lee himself beats out the Padres, Tigers, Blue Jays, Brewers, Royals, Angels, Astros, Athletics and Indians in total articles written.

That's a lot of ink about Lee. Or rather, a lot of black pixels on your computer screen.

And now it may be ending, as SI.com's Jon Heyman believes that Lee will make a decision early this week, while Rangers president Nolan Ryan figures Monday will be the big day as MLB.com relays .

The Rangers have given Lee a "menu" of options, although none are expected to outdo the Yankees' guarantee of a seven-year deal and presumably a total deal north of $150 million. After Carl Crawford signed with the Red Sox, GM Brian Cashman guaranteed the seventh year in the face of the Rangers hanging tough. However, Cashman has no intention of increasing his offer further.

Now that Lee will have had a full weekend to decide and both teams submitting final bids (although there is apparently a "mystery" third team that could throw a wrench into things), the saga shouldn't drag on much further.

That'll retire the Cliff Lee Watch tag -- well, until he becomes a free agent again in the late part of the decade, anyways.

UPDATE: Looks like the Nats are out of the running for Cliff Lee as MLB.com reports . They were never considered a serious competitor although they did make an offer.

Check out this video of CBSSports.com's Danny Knobler's take on Lee as the Winter Meetings ended:

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Comments

Since: Jun 28, 2009
Posted on: December 13, 2010 10:54 pm
 

Cliff Lee may decide early this week

Can't we just blow up the Yankees?  It'd be refreshing for once to see them pass on a big name free agent for once -- it's kinda like Imelda Marcos saying "I must have one more pair of shoes!"

Cliff Lee is good, but not superhuman good.  After all, his teams lost in the past two Series.  On second thought, maybe it's a good thing if he joins the Yanks so they won't win next year's Series and hopefully they'll be saddled with an old and decrepit roster beyond 2012 with A-Fraud, Jeter, Lee, Posada, Rivera, etc all past their primes and still earning fat contracts.

Just get it over with, either way.  Enough Cliff Lee 24/7!



Since: Sep 8, 2009
Posted on: December 13, 2010 6:50 pm
 

Cliff Lee may decide early this week

There have been decent plaayers in the Yankees farm but they constantly get shipped out for MLB trades. 
The few good players the Yankees do actually have in their minors system are not good enough to be potential trade bait this year.



Since: Sep 8, 2009
Posted on: December 13, 2010 6:46 pm
 

Cliff Lee may decide early this week

 It's funny to hear about how good the Rangers are. Up until last season they have not been relevant for years. I mean this year was the first time they won a playoff series. Really and people are talking about how much better Lee would be with the Rangers. What makes people think the Rangers are going to be contenders next season? I mean their rotation is filled with the likes of CJ Wilson, Tommy Hunter and Colby Jensen( i think). I mean c'mon man.. Do any of these pitchers scare anybody? For all we know they could be one year wonders. NOT one of their starters has done it more than one year. Can they get better, yes they can. But they could also disappear of the face of the earth. Hamilton, Andrus, Cruz, Kinsler and Young are all good players but have they done it for a consistant amount of time? I think not.. If Lee wants a chance to win the WS he should consider NY's offer. Cuz he won't sniff a WS ring in Texas. Yeah I know they went to the World Series and they lost. The Ranger have some good talent but it doesnt measure up to the Yanks, the Yanks farm sysyem is full of players that can have impacts on the MLB roster. The Yankees have deep pockets and are willing to spend to put a tremendous product on the field. Red Sox fans don't dsay a word, your 2 Ws rings recently were a  product of trades and free agent signings as well. I mean you guys strengthened your team this off-season but 300 million for 2 players... so you can be quiet in this conversation..

 


Did i read somewhere in this uninformed rant that the Yankees have a good farm system? Do you know anything about what you are saying or are you just a bandwagon Yankees fan like most?  The Yankees dont have a true farm system of any worth. Their farm system consists of about 20 MLB teams through which they sign FA's year in, year out. 

Also, his name is Colby Lewis, and he beat you TWICE in the ALCS. 

 




Since: May 12, 2009
Posted on: December 13, 2010 4:20 pm
 

This looks familiar...

Can you Say L. James.........<br /><br />I want Cliff to sign in Texas but all he needs is to do this on National TV and we have the NEW LeBron.....<br /><br />Cliff Lee is a top rate pitcher but.... He is getting more attention because he is the ONLY free agaent Pitcher worth a darn this year.  <br /><br />Hurry and sign somewhere and take he cash.  Just dont drag this on and make it news everyday... PLEASE!!!!




Since: May 12, 2009
Posted on: December 13, 2010 4:19 pm
 

This looks familiar...

Can you Say L. James.........

I want Cliff to sign in Texas but all he needs is to do this on National TV and we have the NEW LeBron.....

Cliff Lee is a top rate pitcher but.... He is getting more attention because he is the ONLY free agaent Pitcher worth a darn this year. 

Hurry and sign somewhere and take he cash.  Just dont drag this on and make it news everyday... PLEASE!!!!



Since: Jul 24, 2009
Posted on: December 13, 2010 4:14 pm
 

Cliff Lee may decide early this week

Please Cliff, do this Yankee fan a favor and stay in Texas.  7 year deals for 32 year old pitchers are not good invenstments.  The Yankees can figure something else out to upgrade their pitching staff.



Since: May 28, 2009
Posted on: December 13, 2010 3:35 pm
 

Cliff Lee may decide early this week

Of course your analysis doesn't take into consideration endorsement $$$ that Lee would make as a Yankee now and post-career if he is successful.  Not to mention, he doesn't have to live in NYC, he can live in any one of the suburbs to NYC, including CT which has a very low state tax.  Commuters do not pay NYC income tax which is why most players don't live in NYC.  Get your facts straight.

The premium playing for the Yankees to a player is 1) being part of the most storied sports franchise in baseball, 2) being part of a team that attempts to compete every year, 3) being close to Broadway, Madison Ave., the financial center of the world, mulitple sporting events, and yet be 1 hour from hunting in the wilderness and camping if that's your thing, and last, 4) getting paid the most for your services in what is a relatively short career.

PS - the Yankees have very good pitching prospects close to the majors and highly regarded position players in the lower minors.  I'll just point to Cano, Hughes, Chamberlain and Gardner off the top of my head.  Not bad for filling in the roster.



Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: December 13, 2010 3:01 pm
 

Cliff Lee may decide early this week

If his principal residence was out of NYC and he spent less than 183 days in NYS, he would only pay the NYS income tax on the days in which he worked in NY.  It certainly would cost him more in taxes playing in NY over Texas, but not as much as you think because he will be playing 78 games outside of NYS and wouldn't be subject to NY taxes for his pay associated with those games.



Since: Dec 21, 2009
Posted on: December 13, 2010 3:00 pm
 

Cliff Lee may decide early this week

R3dSKKINZF4n,
The only scary SP on the Yankees is ya boy Sabathia from the yay.  If the Rangers sign Lee, they both have one. And he gets to be close to his home in Arkansas.  Thats why he would sing there.  As an A's fan, i hope he signs with the Yankees and plays like he did in the WS. 
And Phil Hughes is only scary looking because his chest is like five feet wide.



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2010 2:42 pm
 

Cliff Lee may decide early this week

It's funny to hear about how good the Rangers are. Up until last season they have not been relevant for years. I mean this year was the first time they won a playoff series. Really and people are talking about how much better Lee would be with the Rangers. What makes people think the Rangers are going to be contenders next season? I mean their rotation is filled with the likes of CJ Wilson, Tommy Hunter and Colby Jensen( i think). I mean c'mon man.. Do any of these pitchers scare anybody? For all we know they could be one year wonders. NOT one of their starters has done it more than one year. Can they get better, yes they can. But they could also disappear of the face of the earth. Hamilton, Andrus, Cruz, Kinsler and Young are all good players but have they done it for a consistant amount of time? I think not.. If Lee wants a chance to win the WS he should consider NY's offer. Cuz he won't sniff a WS ring in Texas. Yeah I know they went to the World Series and they lost. The Ranger have some good talent but it doesnt measure up to the Yanks, the Yanks farm sysyem is full of players that can have impacts on the MLB roster. The Yankees have deep pockets and are willing to spend to put a tremendous product on the field. Red Sox fans don't dsay a word, your 2 Ws rings recently were a  product of trades and free agent signings as well. I mean you guys strengthened your team this off-season but 300 million for 2 players... so you can be quiet in this conversation..


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