Via the Post three days ago -
Cliff Lee thought the Yankees were too old for him.
The former free agent left-hander told WIP Radio in Philadelphia that the Rangers were his second choice behind the Phillies because “some of the Yankeee guys are getting older.”
“Texas probably finished second to be honest with you. Just as far as the quality of the team and the chance to win a World Series ring, I think they’re a better team. That’s just my opinion,” Lee said Thursday, according to a transcript on SportsRadioInterviews.com.
“The Yankees can do anything at any moment to improve and they’re not afraid to go do things. That was part of the decision-making process, too, but I felt like with what the Red Sox had done and it seems like some of the Yankee guys are getting older, but I liked the Rangers.”
Lee, 32, signed with the Phillies for less money and fewer years than the Yankees offered, choosing five years, $120 million over seven years and possibly $154 million.
“I enjoyed it. It was interesting to see how that process went,” Lee said. “I was curious to see how that process went. It was definitely interesting.
“For me there wasn’t a whole lot of negative things that could come out of that. Whichever way I chose I felt like it was going to work. I tried to remove all the money and the smaller things and which team would give me the best chance to win.
“Then I talked to my wife and kids about it and where did they think they would be the most happy and here I am in Philly.”
So, Lee just played the Yankees to raise his value on the open market. Too bad the Yankees front office didn’t do their homework on this one – and had all their eggs in one basket hoping to get a player…who, in the end, had no interest in joining their team.