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Yankees make official offer to free agent Cliff Lee

Dec 8, 2010, 7:34 PM EDT

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Cliff Lee’s agent, Darek Braunecker, made an early exit from the Winter Meetings on Wednesday afternoon after speaking with a range of different clubs about his client.

He did not leave empty-handed.

According to Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger, the Yankees made an official offer to the left-handed Lee on Wednesday and Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News suspects that it’s worth about $140 million over six years.  That’s about $23.3 million per season.

The Rangers will probably counter within the next couple of days — maybe tomorrow — and other teams will have to decide if they’re willing to engage in a bidding war with the two front-running clubs.

Lee, 32, posted a sparkling 3.18 ERA and 1.00 WHIP over 28 starts in 2010, striking out 185 batters against just 18 walks.  Like most free agents in his position, the Arkanas-born southpaw is probably going to chase the richest and lengthiest contract that he can find.

  1. phukyouk - Dec 8, 2010 at 7:50 PM

    “Lee, 32, posted a sparkling 3.18 ERA and 1.00 WHIP over 28 stats in 2010″

    you from Bahston?:-)

    • Drew Silva - Dec 8, 2010 at 7:53 PM

      Haha, thanks. And, no, not from Boston.

      • phukyouk - Dec 8, 2010 at 7:58 PM

        in that case i can respect you. :-)

  2. kcfanatic - Dec 8, 2010 at 7:56 PM

    Finally an offer. Someone, please sign him. I’m about as tired of the Cliff Lee saga as I am the Brett Favre saga.

    • phukyouk - Dec 8, 2010 at 7:59 PM

      this just in… Brett Favre has decided to retire until the sunday night game. it was a hard and challenging decision but one that had to be made.

  3. Jeremiah Graves - Dec 8, 2010 at 8:40 PM

    My slow-pitch softball team made an offer for Lee.

    It’s a pretty solid offer too, 25 years and a six-pack of his choice every game…

    …we’ve yet to hear back from Lee’s agent.

    • b7p19 - Dec 8, 2010 at 9:28 PM

      I recomend Jamie Moyer for a slow pitch league.

      • Jonny 5 - Dec 8, 2010 at 10:15 PM

        Hey!! Don’t be talking trash on Moyer while I’m around.. Dang whipper snappers!!!

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