NEW YORK -- Cliff Lee will be taking a slow approach to free agency.
"We're just gathering information. That's always the early stages of this process," agent Darek Braunecker said Monday, a day after the former AL Cy Young Award winner became a free agent.
|Cliff Lee will take his time before deciding on his future ball club. (US Presswire)|
He was 7-0 with a 1.26 ERA in eight career postseason starts before losing to San Francisco in Games 1 and 5 of the World Series.
"This one certainly is a little bit unique in that he's clearly the best player on the free-agent market and not a lot of other things are going to impact our position on Cliff," Braunecker said.
Lee was with Cleveland from 2002 until he was traded to Philadelphia in 2009, and is friends with Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia. Because he's familiar with most if not all major league cities, Lee has little need to tour his suitors.
"We're going to take it on of kind of a team-by-team, case-by-case basis. I don't expect Cliff to be flying all over the country," Braunecker said. "We're really in just the infancy stages of it all. We don't really ever handicap the timing of any of this stuff. We believe that when the right deal presents itself, we'll be prepared to act. And when that might be, that's anybody's guess at this point."
Next week's general managers' meetings in Orlando, Fla., will be used for many clubs and agents to feel each other out. A focal point of the offseason is the winter meetings from Dec. 6-9 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Lee tops a free-agent class that includes outfielders Carl Crawford, Jayson Werth and Magglio Ordonez; first basemen Carlos Pena and Paul Konerko; catcher Victor Martinez; designated hitter Hideki Matsui and closer Rafael Soriano.