The Texas Rangers are determined to keep ace Cliff Lee, but reports indicate that their ceiling just might be the starting point for the New York Yankees.
The Boston Globe reports the Yankees are offering Lee a five year deal in the $115 million-$120 range.
Do the math…that’s $23 million to $24 million per season.
The Rangers want to match the Yankees offer, can could match the one that is being put on the table right now, but they will have to decide just how far they want to go in a bidding war with a team that isn’t afraid to drive the price through the roof.
Texas will have to decide if they can afford to pay a pitch $20 million plus to a pitcher who will be 37 at the end of the contract.
The Yankees are no stranger to paying pitchers this kind of money. CC Sabathia currently makes $23 million a season after signing the largest contract ever by a pitcher in 2009 – seven –years for $161 million.
I’m not overly concerned about the five years – assuming you do a very good job at checking out his medical history. But, the money is much more than I would spend…about $15 to $20 million more than I think they need to go here…