Yankees Have Yet To Offer Cliff Lee A Contract

6:01pm: The Yankees have not made Lee an offer and the Yahoo report below is inaccurate, according to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News (on Twitter).

12:29pm: An industry source told Yahoo's Tim Brown yesterday that the Yankees offered Cliff Lee "nearly $140MM over six years, but Lee continues to hold out for a seventh year."  Brown does not appear to have full confidence in the source, as the item was placed low in the column and he notes that he was unable to confirm the offer with the Yankees or Lee's agent.  We found the link via Joe Pawlikowski of River Ave. Blues, who has a good take on the rumor.

On Sunday, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe wrote, "Word is the Yankees are in the $115 million-$120 million range for five years."

It seems likely that the Yankees are willing to give Lee a $23-24MM salary, allowing him to top C.C. Sabathia and own that record for a while, not counting Roger Clemens' pro-rated $28MM in 2007.  But if Lee wants to beat or match Sabathia's $161MM for the highest total contract ever given to a pitcher, he needs that seventh year despite being four years older than Sabathia was when he signed.  Lee's agent Darek Braunecker could also attempt to duplicate Sabathia's opt-out clause.  Braunecker famously negotiated such a clause into A.J. Burnett's five-year, $55MM deal with the Blue Jays.


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125 Comments on "Yankees Have Yet To Offer Cliff Lee A Contract"


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pastlives
4 years 7 months ago

wow

Guest
4 years 7 months ago

So I see Cashman is trying to show him who’s boss.

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moonraker45
4 years 7 months ago

There’s a time for love and a time for living.
You take a chance and face the wind.
An open road and a road that’s hidden
A brand new life around the bend.

There were times when I lost a dream or two.
Found the trail, and at the end was you.
There’s a path you take and a path untaken
The choice is up to you my friend.

Nights are long but you’re on your way
To a brand new life,
Brand new life,
Brand new life around the bend.

Guest
4 years 7 months ago

I think people are just tossing out numbers and years because they know it’s going to be an absurd amount regardless.

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BravesRed
4 years 7 months ago

There was a report last offseason that said Damon chose the Braves, which this remind be a lot of.

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4 years 7 months ago

I do trust Tim Brown, so I was willing to post this story. The doubts are pretty well laid out, so hopefully fans do not take the rumor as certainty. Most likely other reporters will draw out info on it at some point today.

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BravesRed
4 years 7 months ago

It’s not that I doubt Yankees offered Lee that much, since the team in discussion is the Yankees, but even I don’t think Yankees would offer 6-years for Lee, unless some other team does.

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MetsEventually
4 years 7 months ago

Choke Lee after his 3rd year. Pretty much, once the Yankees win 2 of the next 3 series.

Guest
4 years 7 months ago

That’s what everyone said when the Yankees got Randy Johnson. That’s why baseball has to be played.

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MetsEventually
4 years 7 months ago

::pst:: (Trying to jinx it)

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tomzig
4 years 7 months ago

Except Cliff Lee is about 7 or 8 years younger than Randy Johnson was at the time. The two situations are not similar.

Guest
4 years 7 months ago

Age has nothing to do with this. The only thing at issue is that the baseball has to actually be played for games to be won. The Yanks may well win two of the next three series’. Or they may not. Pitching is only half of the game. Still have to score runs, and the Yankees can fall asleep at the plate as badly as the Royals or D-Backs at times. Paper is meaningless.

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jwredsox
4 years 7 months ago

*Paper is meaningless unless you want to cover rock.

Correction.

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j6takish
4 years 7 months ago

Im not usually one to play the ol’ “Bankees” card, but that is just disgusting

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jwsox
4 years 7 months ago

really disgusting? this is right around the offer most writers said he would get from multiple teams…frankly im surprised its only 6 years…If i were a gm i would offer a 6 year deal worth 140 ish maybe eve go 160 but with deferred payments with no intrest over like 10 years after that..a guy his age might go for it a constant source of income for the next 10+ years

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4 years 7 months ago

I don’t think there were many teams willing to spend 140 over six years. Not sure where you heard that.