Cliff Lee keeps ‘em all waiting

Somewhere in Arkansas, Cliff Lee may be sitting at his kitchen table, staring at a menu of contract offers from both the Yankees and the Rangers. Make no question about it, there is really no wrong choice for him — his ability to throw a baseball has created a bidding war where he could select blindfolded and still wind up a marvelously rich man. 

Of course, there’s more thought to it than that, and so we all wait. Did the Rangers make enough of an impact in Lee’s 3 1/2 months there that he’ll want to keep playing in Texas, trying to pitch them back to the World Series while also enjoying the proximity to the town he calls home? 
Or will it be the Yankees, who have come in heavy-handed and clamoring for Lee to bring his services to the bright lights of New York, vowing to outbid all comers and wielding a promise to drape him in pinstripes through the 2017 season?
Yankees co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner told The Associated Press it would “behoove” Lee to select the Bombers’ offer:
“For somebody of that stature, it would certainly behoove him to be a Yankee, which would probably be for the rest of his career. I think that would be a great move for him but, of course I’m prejudiced.”
Rangers president Nolan Ryan told MLB.com on Saturday that he – like everyone else – is just playing the wait-and-see game
“If they are really wrestling with it, they’ll probably take the weekend and come to a decision on Monday. I’ve run all my traps and don’t know anything, so we’ll just wait and see.”
After going through Cleveland, Philadelphia, Seattle and Texas, Cliff Lee is certainly entitled to his run of free agency. So will he take full advantage of it, not leaving a cent on the table? He spent most of the Winter Meetings hunting deer – is he going to be comfortable in New York? And how important to him is the ability to get home on off-days (something that Andy Pettitte has grown weary of)? 
The only thing we can all say with certainty is that Lee will eventually make a decision in an arena where there really are no wrong choices. Until then, the executives for at least two Major League teams will keep the lights on.

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Nothing Wrong With Doing Nothing for Yankees
Posted by Brian Burkhart
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Fan Confidence Poll: December 20th, 2010
By Mike Axisa
http://riveraveblues.com/2010/12/fan-confidence-poll-december-20th-2010-40213/

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Panic and patience
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http://yankees.lhblogs.com/2010/12/20/panic-and-patience/

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As Lee joins Phillies, what next for Yankees?
By Mark Feinsand
http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/yankees/2010/12/as-lee-joins-phillies-what-nex.html

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Using your best trade chip for only the best
By Joe Pawlikowski
http://riveraveblues.com/2010/12/using-your-best-trade-chip-for-only-the-best-39969/

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Mickey: Me thinks with a lot of Yankee fans today that we’re trying our best to rationalize our loss of Crawford and Lee and reverting to a fall back position hoping we have the right pieces in our farm system to compensate for stars like Crawford and Lee. We have tried a number of pitchers and players over the past few years from the farm system and they just aren’t able to cut it in the big leagues. A few we’ve dealt away. One of the best we had we traded for Granderson. We haven’t been successful of recent years with our farm system as far as being ready to step up. Look at Cervelli. Everybody thought he was going to be heir to Posado when he first came up. He did well for a while but really tailed off at the plate and defensively, so now we’re hoping Romine and Montero will be the heir apparents. You have to build from within the system but at the same time if we are expecting to win a world series every year(which Yankee fans expect and demand every year!) you aren’t going to do it by rebuilding from within. It will take at least 5 years and even then it won’t happen without trading or signing free agents. It needs to be a combination of both. Personally I think we’re going to be in trouble in 2011 in our division with the way the Sox have stocked up and both the Orioles and Jays improving and with new managers. Don’t man to rain on the rebuild parade but that’s how I see it at this point unless we can sign a solid starting pitcher or 2(especially if Andy doesn’t come back) and a set up man and a good 4th outfielder.

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MY,
I like your thinking!

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Robby Cano is currently our best player. Where did he come from—-we developed him. And what of Jeter, Posada, Andy P., and Mo? We developed them. Phil Hughes is on the cusp of becoming one of the best pitchers in baseball. Nova has great stuff. And Joba——quit messing with his innings and make him a starter. These players all come from the system. AROD is a great player, but he is overpaid. Quit paying for past performance. Giving pitchers huge contracts is dangerous——can anyone say Pavano or Zito???? Great GM’s find the nugget on the discard pile. Great managers know when a kid is ready to be step up. Save the money and find the great pickup in July.

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This is really bad. Let’s see: we have CC and then AJ Burnette and Phil Hughs!

The Yankees are about non-clutch as anyone gets (did anybody say Damon and Matsui, the soul of the ’09 team?), aging, with no bullpen and no starting pitching…. Oh, but at All Star in every position!

This is a fourth place team if things remain the way they stand now. They will be fighting with a Buck Showalter, much improved Oriole team to reamin out of the cellar… Oh, how the mighty have fallen!

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Lee agrees to five years and $100M with the Phillies leaving two years and $60M on the table!

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i think the Yankees missing out on Lee is very bad…but i now hope that Pettitte does not come back and the Yanks go into total rebuilding mode…i know it sounds crazy but the Yanks need to think outside the box…i was a fan who thought the Yankees should have signed Jeter for 1 year with a club or mutual option…for 15 or 20 mill with 5 years deferred at 3 to 5 mill a year…this would given the Yankees the flexibility to get youger and better and maybe even cut cost at the ss positio after 2011 season…if they could make a trade for Stephen Drew or Hanley Ramirez or if they picked up Jose Reyes as a free agent provided finally reaches his full potential and doesn’t reup with the Mets….but a one year deal for Jeter would have given the Yanks many options…i feel even more strongly about it now that they lost out on Lee…

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What happens if the Yanks miss out on Lee?
By Mike Axisa
http://riveraveblues.com/2010/12/what-happens-if-the-yanks-miss-out-on-lee-39859/

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Fan Confidence Poll: December 13th, 2010
By Mike Axisa
http://riveraveblues.com/2010/12/fan-confidence-poll-december-13th-2010-39820/

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