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The Lee deal has to be done before gametime tonight

Jul 9, 2010, 12:14 PM EDT

Buster Olney reports that the Yankees want a resolution regarding
Cliff Lee “before the game” this evening. Olney also says that the Yankees told the
Mariners that their current offer is their last and best offer.  There has been no serious suggestion that the Mariners are balking. And keep in mind — while we’ve been talking about this for nearly seven hours now, it’s still only 9:15 AM in Seattle.  If you’re in the Mariners’ front office you get a cup of coffee, you check your fantasy standings, you accept the Yankees’ offer and you get on with your day.

Also, Olney and others are reporting that the Yankees have not asked for a negotiating window during which to work out an extension for Lee.  Which makes sense, because if the Yankees won’t talk about extensions during the season with Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera, why in the hell would they do it for Lee?

Besides, it’s not like the Yankees won’t be able to match any offers for Lee if he decides to his free agency this winter.  If Lee wants to stay in New York, he will.  If he doesn’t, it will be for reasons other than money, and those are things the Yankees can’t do a thing about anyway.

  1. Chris Fiorentino - Jul 9, 2010 at 12:43 PM

    So it sounds like Seattle has the entire day to get a similar deal from a team NOT named the Yankees and, in doing so, not hand the Yankees the 2010 World Series that they are already the prohibitive favorite to win WITHOUT Lee.

  2. aleskel - Jul 9, 2010 at 12:48 PM

    I dunno, this still doesn’t pass the smell test for me, it really doesn’t fit Cashman’s MO (the aforementioned “don’t pay twice when you can pay once later”). It would only make sense if he a) has a seperate deal in place to unload Vazquez or b) is including Vazquez or (gasp) Hughes in the package. I don’t really see either case happening.

  3. craigolney - Jul 9, 2010 at 1:00 PM

    please put in a salay cap…this is so dumb that the Yankees are getting Cliff Lee. If you’re a fan of Yanks, it is great, but if you’re a fan of baseball you see the absurdity of baseball without the salary cap. And start the season on Memorial Day, the season is way too long and boring.

  4. Ditto65 - Jul 9, 2010 at 1:14 PM

    The season is too long and boring? I wonder why they get the winter off. They should fly them south to another set of stadiums so there is MORE baseball.

  5. Secretary Cleary - Jul 9, 2010 at 1:15 PM

    One would think Cashman quietly has deals to move either Burnett (+$$$$), Joba, and/or Vasquez (+$$$$) to the National League. Hughes isn’t going anywhere. This solidifies a World Series appearance for NYY, baring injury to key players. Lee instantly becomes the ace and probably will rattle off another dominant second half like he did last year for the Phillies. And he’ll probably be a Yankee for the next 6-7 years if this goes through.

  6. Md23Rewls - Jul 9, 2010 at 1:18 PM

    Money is not why the Yankees got Cliff Lee. They got him because they were willing to part with one of the best prospects in baseball when so many other teams were balking at including their own. Now, if New York goes out and signs him to an extension in the off-season, THEN maybe you can complain about money, but right now, it’s not what’s at stake.
    And for you to complain about the season being “way too long and boring” makes me wonder if you even like baseball to begin with, lol.

  7. Sinatra - Jul 9, 2010 at 1:50 PM

    @ MD… This has EVERYTHING to do with money. Of course other teams aren’t gonnatrade their #1 prospect for Cliff Lee when they know its a rental and the Yanks are gonna have the most money to offer and he’ll got there anyway. The Yanks can give that up because for them its NOT a rental

  8. charly - Jul 9, 2010 at 2:28 PM

    yahoo – someone else who isn’t in love with burnett or chamberlain!!!! i thought i was the only one !!!

  9. MuskyHunter2542 - Jul 9, 2010 at 2:35 PM

    The Yankees should play The Red Sox 162 times in a season for the right to play the winner of the 28 other teams.
    The Yankees are whats evil in Baseball. F*ck MLB for not having a cap. I have no interest in baseball anylonger. All it is, is The Yankees buy every player so no other team has a chance at them.
    Bar League Softball is better to watch.

  10. JR - Jul 9, 2010 at 2:37 PM

    God! Seattle teams are stupid! Why get rid of someone that’s winning games for the team, who night in, night out, goes out and throws deep into the game, giving the bullpen much needed rest, but keep a douchebag like Ryan Rowland-Smith, who has a 1-7 record, an era close to 6 and doesn’t do shit? Why not just sent Felix, Vargas, and Ichiro packing as well. Jesus Christ why do the M’s have to be so stupid? And what’s with the Yankees taking all of Seattle’s sloppy 2nds? God, I hate the Yankees with a passion, the M’s aren’t far behind them.

  11. Flup - Jul 9, 2010 at 3:01 PM

    This is all about money. Other teams are eager to hang on to their prospects because they don’t want to give up a cheap, productive player. A strong core of low-rent youngsters creates room in the payroll to go out and buy the last few players to put you over the top. The Yankees don’t need to worry about hanging on to a prospect because they can afford to go out and overpay for an established player to replace him.

  12. Md23Rewls - Jul 9, 2010 at 3:05 PM

    I don’t think it’s fair to say it has everything to do with money. The Yankees are going to have to replace Jeter and Posada soon enough, and Rodriguez is getting old. They’re trading their top hitting prospect. It’s not like there’s no risk here. And while technically the Yankees can offer Lee whatever they want, if the Mets or some team like that wanted him badly enough, they’re certainly capable of paying the bill. They did with Santana and co..

  13. Ditto65 - Jul 9, 2010 at 3:20 PM

    So, this is your last post?

  14. Evan - Jul 9, 2010 at 3:23 PM

    Frankly, I don’t know a good solution. I’m a Yankee fan that hasn’t REALLY watched the Yankees since ’07. Its not really interesting when your team is so damn good.
    However, a Salary Cap doesn’t necessarily fix the problem. Take a look at the NBA. You’ve got 2 out of the 5 best players in the league willing to play for less than the max contract because of projected endorsements from getting NBA championships and FL income tax. Further, the parity in the NBA is probably worse than it is in Baseball.
    I can’t wait for football / college basketball / college football to come back…

  15. Simon DelMonte - Jul 9, 2010 at 3:37 PM

    No, I think a lot of people agree with you. Though in the case of Joba, I can’t be sure how much is his limits and how much the way he’s been brought along. I almost believe that at this point, a trade to a team that will define him as either a starter or a closer would help.
    As for Burnett, he’s a #4 starter at this point. Decent innings, winning record, and not much else. He might be an asset to a club with a weak rotation. But that he was the #2 starter last year made little sense to me. And he is overpaid.

  16. Ditto65 - Jul 9, 2010 at 3:43 PM

    Money has everything to do with everything in baseball. Just look at the Cubs. Third highest payroll and third highest winning perce- errrrr – well, maybe PAYROLL IS NOT THE BE ALL, END ALL.
    Oh – and the Padres have the second lowest payroll, so logically they are in the cella-oohhhh- wait, aren’t they leading their division with the third best winning percentage. I guess PAYROLL IS NOT THE BE ALL, END ALL.

  17. Dave1978 - Jul 9, 2010 at 3:55 PM

    Musky, the Yankees are not what is evil in baseball. They play within the rules. I am a Yankee fan who is actually in favor of a salary cap, but only if they is a minimum that teams must spend as well. Aside from the lack of a salary cap, the real problem in baseball is owners who are more concerned with padding their bank accounts than putting a competitive team on the field. So I disagree with you, Musky, in saying the Yankees are what is evil in baseball, but I agree with you 100% that a salary cap is needed to help restore the competitive balance in MLB.

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