(Hey Yankees, Ted Lerner sees your 6 year, ~140 million offer for Cliff Lee, and raises you 7 years and... Photo by UPI/Alexis C. Glenn via Newscom.)
Time to get your bids in, people. FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reported Wednesday night that Cliff Lee will decide where he's going to pitch for the next 6-7 years by the end of this weekend.
So are the Nationals still in this Cliff Lee Sweepstakes madness, or are they out?
On Wednesday, the Yankees reportedly made an initial bid of 6 years, between $135-150 million for Lee. But that was before the Red Sox went out and signed Carl Crawford Wednesday night; and were revealed (by Ken Rosenthal) as being one of the two teams to make a seven year offer to Lee, in an attempt to drive up the price for the Yankees.
On Thursday morning, SI.com's Jon Heyman Tweeted that the Yankees upped their offer to Lee to seven years.
Are the Nationals the other seven year team? Who knows.
Regardless, it's hard to believe the Nats will be able to win a bidding war for Cliff Lee's services against the Yankees now. Right?
"I never have a problem knocking on Hal’s door and asking for more money. I know my title is general manager but I consider myself the director or spending for the New York Yankees."
(Brian Cashman, via NY Post, 12/9/2010)
Here's hoping Mike Rizzo knocks on Ted Lerner's door and gets the okay for one final batshit crazy 7 year, $160 million offer...just to make Cliff Lee's decision a little harder.