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No deal at the Winter Meetings: Cliff Lee’s agent has left the building

Dec 8, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

cliff lee in delivery

Darek Braunecker represents Cliff Lee. He’s been very busy during these Winter Meetings. No, not busy negotiating a contract, but busy telling various reporters about all the offers he’s fielding.  Really, there some reporters who won’t be able to order a drink down in the lobby tonight because they don’t know how to talk without Braunecker making their mouths move.

But that’s over now, because the buzz around here is that Braunecker has left the Dolphin Resort.  Which means that there is likely no chance of Lee signing between now and the end of the meetings tomorrow.

I’ve never negotiated anything bigger than a moderately-sized lawsuit settlement — and I tended to lose those negotiations — but I don’t get why this is so damn complicated. There are a finite number of teams in the bidding. There are no guys above Lee who need to set the market first. Everyone has cell phones. If Sotheby’s can auction off 15 Picassos in an afternoon, you’d think Braunecker could auction off Lee here.

Guess not.

  1. bloodysock - Dec 8, 2010 at 3:48 PM

    There may be 15 Picasso’s at Sotheby’s but there is only one Cliff Lee. Either way, somebody ends up overbidding and having buyer’s remorse.

  2. thinman61 - Dec 8, 2010 at 3:49 PM

    And eliminate the possibility of someone like the Nats opting to do something crazy tomorrow or the next day? Not a chance.

  3. florida727 - Dec 8, 2010 at 3:57 PM

    I know this is naive to say, but considering these guys are all talking Monopoly money anyway (read: more money than several generations of their families could ever spend), why is it so difficult for them to show some loyalty to a team and play out a career in one place?

    I know Jeter gets hammered in blogs a lot, but love him or hate him, at least the guy can be defined by one word: Yankee.

    Cliff, stay in Texas. (I’m not a Rangers fan.) Make them a world champion. Isn’t it more challenging to beat the Yankees, Red Sox, etc., than it is joining them and all but assuring them another championship?

    • uyf1950 - Dec 8, 2010 at 4:03 PM

      If you wanted Lee to be loyal he should have stayed in Cleveland. I’m not sure how loyal you expect a ballplayer to be to a team he may have spent less than 6 months with. He has spent very little time actually in his last 3 destinations that includes Texas, for the most part through no fault of his own.

      • phukyouk - Dec 8, 2010 at 4:15 PM

        they traded him away.. doesn’t count. he has loyalty to no one cause all they keep trading him like a cheap whore. you can bet craigs left nut that Lee’s next contract will have a no trade clause to all other 29 teams and a few in some other sports just to be sure.

      • hackerjay - Dec 8, 2010 at 4:20 PM

        Actually, Lee was originally drafted by the Expos, so maybe he should go to the Nationals!

        I think it’s kind of funny though that in one sentence florida727 says players should show loyalty and take the offer their team gives them, and then as an example of that uses Derek Jeter who has been one of the two highest paid players in baseball history.

    • bigharold - Dec 8, 2010 at 6:59 PM

      “..why is it so difficult for them to show some loyalty to a team and play out a career in one place?”

      Free Agency.

      Lee was traded three times in two years. In every case the club perceived his value to greater as a trade chip than to the team as a player. And, most of the time the driving force was money. Either they didn’t want to pay him, or couldn’t afford to, or they thought they’d get somebody else cheaper and as good. When clubs act this way its just considered good business but when players do their motives are called into question.

      Why would you expect Lee to demonstrate loyalty to any team under those circumstances. He likely will, and absolutely should, take the offer that best meets his families wishes as well as meets his concern for career goals AND pays him the best. Exactly how that rational works for Lee is anybodies guess but I would doubt that loyalty has much to do with it.

  4. yankeesfanlen - Dec 8, 2010 at 4:11 PM

    So where does Brian hide the satchel of hundreds Fredo brought?

  5. Jeremiah Graves - Dec 8, 2010 at 6:29 PM

    I’d really like Lee to be loyal to the Twins on a four-year, $24 million deal.

    Seems reasonable right?!


    • bigharold - Dec 8, 2010 at 7:04 PM

      Maybe not.

      Could the Twins even get Pavano for that money?

      • Jeremiah Graves - Dec 8, 2010 at 7:12 PM

        well-played, bigharold…well-played indeed…

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