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Cliff Lee is not accepting offers yet

Nov 15, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

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Jon Heyman says that Cliff Lee’s agent has told teams that Lee is “not taking offers yet” and that he doesn’t see Lee signing before the Winter Meetings next month.

I don’t understand. Why would you not take offers yet? If a team makes an offer, that’s information. Could be leverage. You don’t have to accept it, especially if it’s a b.s. offer. If it comes with conditions on accepting it or rejecting it within a certain time frame you can tell the team to go fly a kite. But why wouldn’t you at least listen to an offer?

I can’t decide if the free agency process is unnecessarily complicated or if it’s actually straight forward, but those of us interpreting all of the news, rumor, leaks and what not merely make it complicated ourselves.


  1. Ari Collins - Nov 15, 2010 at 6:34 PM

    Yeah, I don’t understand that at all either.

  2. scatterbrian - Nov 15, 2010 at 6:56 PM

    Maybe it’s just that Lee is not taking offers, but his agent is. Whatever that means….

  3. hackerjay - Nov 15, 2010 at 6:56 PM

    I wonder if when they say he isn’t accepting offers if that means they don’t want teams bothering to draw up actual contracts until they have an idea of what everyone is going to be offering.

  4. The Rabbit - Nov 15, 2010 at 7:31 PM

    Lee may not be available.
    In this part of the world, turkey season is over (I think) and it’s deer hunting season. Most women will tell you that nothing gets accomplished for the next four weeks….even longer, if they are bow hunters. It’s a very odd mindset.
    If he’s still not accepting offers in January (the start of noodling season), I’d begin to wonder.

  5. Jonny 5 - Nov 15, 2010 at 8:04 PM

    Rumor has it Lee always liked auctions so he want’s an old fashioned auction for his contract with an auctioneer and all.

    Also he ate beans for lunch, it’s looking good for Boston.

  6. frankvzappa - Nov 16, 2010 at 12:44 AM

    more evidence that Lee cares enough about his country lifestyle to not let chasing every penny all the time rule his life…hear that, yankers fans?

    • bigharold - Nov 16, 2010 at 2:11 AM

      Or, .. maybe not?

      Perhaps he’s still decompressing from the WS and wants to take a break to get past the Thanksgiving Holiday before he starts thinking about business again? Maybe he just wants to take a break for a bit.

      Whether he signs with the Yankees or not the Yankees will likely offer the most, .. by a lot. Hera that, .. Yankee haters?

      The race is not always to the swift or the battle to the strong, .. but that’s the way to bet!

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Nov 16, 2010 at 8:25 AM

      It’s a mat, where you jump, to conclusions….

  7. uyf1950 - Nov 16, 2010 at 4:52 AM

    The above piece talks about leverage if he took offers now. How much leverage does Lee need? He is by far the best pitcher on the market, everyone knows it’s going to be between the Yankees and the Rangers. The Rangers are going to make their strongest offer when the time comes and try and sell him on “down home” aspect of signing with Texas. The Yankees are going to offer him probably everything he wants and more money, the Yankee “tradition”, etc… Lee doesn’t need leverage he already has it. It’s not like either the Yankees or the Rangers aren’t going to make him their best offer because it may take a couple of weeks longer then they would like.

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