• No Cliff Lee Call Today

    Posted by on December 13th, 2010 · Comments (14)

    Via the fellas at the Daily News

    The waiting game continues.

    The Yankees and Rangers will be forced to wait until at least Tuesday before learning of the star lefthander’s fate, as a source told the Daily News that Lee is not expected to make his decision Monday night.

    Lee has been mulling over offers from both the Yankees and Rangers since late last week, weighing the pros and cons of a move from Texas to New York.

    Yeah, sounds like Lee is head over heels crazy regarding the notion of playing for the Yankees…

    Comments on No Cliff Lee Call Today

    1. Evan3457
      December 13th, 2010 | 7:14 pm

      Sounds like Lee is desperate to play for the Rangers, too.

    2. MJ Recanati
      December 13th, 2010 | 8:30 pm

      Evan3457 wrote:

      Yeah, sounds like Lee is head over heels crazy regarding the notion of playing for the Yankees…

      You’ve never explained why it matters or why we should expect people to be “head over heels” for the Yankees. Who cares? He could literally hate New York the way I hate Jason Varitek. As long as he does his job, it doesn’t matter.

    3. Evan3457
      December 13th, 2010 | 8:38 pm

      …or maybe Lee and his agent aren’t done extracting money/years from the teams negotiating with him.

      There’s no real time limit on this game.

      The clock doesn’t hit 00:00 until oh, about February 1st.

    4. December 13th, 2010 | 8:52 pm

      @ MJ Recanati:

      I don’t know, if someone is going to make more than 160 million it might be nice to think he actually wanted to play for the team. I think the Yankees need to move on, I would like the club to set a deadline for acceptance of the offer. Who the hell is Cliff Lee anyhow, if he had pitched a little better in the World Series the Rangers might not have lost to a very ordinary team.

    5. Evan3457
      December 13th, 2010 | 8:57 pm

      Joseph Maloney wrote:

      @ MJ Recanati:
      Who the hell is Cliff Lee anyhow?

      He is, by far, the best pitcher on the market, he’s available for just money and a draft pick, and the Yanks need him, or someone like him.

      Who does he have to be to take his time making up his mind, and using his market leverage?

    6. Raf
      December 13th, 2010 | 9:06 pm

      Joseph Maloney wrote:

      I don’t know, if someone is going to make more than 160 million it might be nice to think he actually wanted to play for the team.

      If he didn’t want to play for a particular team, he wouldn’t sign with a particular team.

    7. MJ Recanati
      December 13th, 2010 | 9:40 pm

      Joseph Maloney wrote:

      I don’t know, if someone is going to make more than 160 million it might be nice to think he actually wanted to play for the team.

      Why? What does the sum of money have to do with it? All across the United States, people wake up in the morning and go to a job they don’t love, or to a job they love but with a company they dislike, and do their jobs for pay. Many of these people may actually be very good at their jobs without having the zeal for it that employers might wish for.

      You don’t have to love everything about your job or your employer to do a good job and you certainly don’t have to put on a smile just because you’re making more than all the average joes out there put together.

      Joseph Maloney wrote:

      I think the Yankees need to move on, I would like the club to set a deadline for acceptance of the offer.

      They’ll move on when Cliff Lee decides what he wants to do. Until then, if the Yankees want Cliff Lee on their team — and they clearly do — they will wait for him to make his decision.

      Joseph Maloney wrote:

      Who the hell is Cliff Lee anyhow, if he had pitched a little better in the World Series the Rangers might not have lost to a very ordinary team.

      Cliff Lee is the best pitcher available on the market and one of the five or six best pitchers in baseball over the past three seasons.

      As to the point that he somehow lost the World Series for the Rangers…I don’t see why that’s relevant. CC Sabathia pitched poorly in all three of his 2010 playoff starts. Do you like him less? Do you want to dock him pay? If the Rangers wanted to pick up their teammate, they could’ve done that too.

    8. Evan3457
      December 13th, 2010 | 10:24 pm

      Newest trend is that Lee is going to the Phils for about 5 years and $100 million. Heyman, Sherman, others hinting at this.

      If he does, he leaves $30-60 million on the table.

      I’ll be very impressed by that, if it happens.

    9. MJ Recanati
      December 13th, 2010 | 10:44 pm

      @ Evan3457:
      Agreed, if that happens, it’ll be a stunning decision by Lee.

      Shoots to hell all the “he’s not a NY guy” nonsense and pretty much tells you that he liked his time in Philly.

      Oh well, if that’s how it goes down, so be it. Better in the NL than the AL, that’s for sure.

    10. JeremyM
      December 13th, 2010 | 11:20 pm

      I’m skeptical, but what do I know? Seems to me like the Yanks weren’t falling for raising the deal and now they’re going to this Philly tactic. Would he really take that much less to join them (if the reported figures are true)?

      But if he goes to the NL, that’s fine by me.

    11. December 13th, 2010 | 11:42 pm
    12. MJ Recanati
      December 13th, 2010 | 11:51 pm

      @ Steve Lombardi:
      And, again, why does that matter?

      You’re avoiding the question every time. Why would it matter at all? As long as he does his job — something that can be done whether he likes NY or not — it’s all irrelevant.

    13. JeremyM
      December 14th, 2010 | 12:06 am

      Well, shows what I know, he’s a Phillie and for only five years. Not sure on the AAV yet.

    14. Raf
      December 14th, 2010 | 12:14 am

      Amaro with the ebay snipe :)

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