Cliff Lee is the premier free agent pitcher this offseason, and he'll probably get offers from the Yankees, Red Sox, Angels, Rangers, and possibly several others. The Yankees have the most money, but because of New York's higher taxes they'll also have to offer Lee several million more to lure him to the Big Apple (unless he's really motivated to move there). So, who will end up with Lee in 2011?
I'm just happy my White Sox signed Dunn and just got Pauly back today!
I've heard that Cliff Lee is looking for the biggest deal, it is hard to say. I'm thinking Yankees though.
The New York Yankees have wanted Cliff Lee for a long time, and usually want the Yankees want, the Yankees get.
Really, their only weakness is SP. While the team is old, it isn't as if they are so old they can't compete.
I expect them to sign Lee sometime on Friday or Saturday and compete neck-and-neck with the Boston Red Sox for the AL East throughout 2011.
Well I hope he stays with the Rangers. I thought towards the end of the season he was a good fit for the team. To me the Rangers play similarly as the Philadelphia Phillies were Lee excelled and personally I had the Red Sox and the Yankees.
Well, the Red Sox have now just acquired Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez in the last two days, so it would be hard to imagine them spending even more money, although I guess that is what they do best. The Yankees also just spent a TON of money on Jeter and Rivera. Of course money has never been any kind of object to them either, but I almost have to believe that all of this opens things up for the Rangers to re-sign him or the Angels, who are looking to get back on the winning track and have shown in the past that they are willing to spend the big bucks.
I think the Yankees offer way more than anyone else now that the Red Sox have signed Crawford. The Red Sox lineup is stacked with lefties, and the Yankees will want to counter that with one of the strongest left-handed pitchers in baseball. Pair Lee with C.C. and the Yankees will have the advantage in any 3 game series against the Red Sox.
Yankees will sign Cliff Lee (they just upped their offer to 7 years). They are not going to let the lowly Rangers out bid them. They make one huge splash each off season (for better or for worse) and Lee is this season's splash.
Apparently, there are many reports that Cliff Lee has signed with the Phillies. I've heard a few different figures, but the latest one I heard was 6 years for $120 million. I'm surprised with this being that he had already played for them before and they let him go. Why did they do that when he was so great for them in the World Series, only to bring him back again now? I really thought it would be the Yankees or Rangers. I was hoping for the Rangers because I am SICK of watching The New York teams, Philadelphia, and Boston get every big-named player available every season.
The Phillies got him, and for less money than the Yankees or (presumably) the Rangers offered. He must have really enjoyed his time in Philadelphia. One thing is for sure: in about 5 years the Phillies are going to be a very expensive team of old players.
With how many world series appearances and titles?
They are certainly the favorites to make it to the World Series next year, although their lineup was lacking this past year and they lost Werth to make things worse. Their pitching should get them through that, but I just worry about teams that have committed big money to players who will be over 35 in the final years of their contract.
the phillies came out of almost nowhere to sign him. They didnt have much money to spend either.
I am a phillies fan and I am surprised as anyone else. I was doing cartwheels when i found out last night.
Clearly no one is a better club than the Phillies.
Cliff Lee owns. we love Cliff Lee.
his kid is in remission and that was the biggest factor in him signing with the phills. If anyone is mad at him for that they have biggg problems.
by 10aeinhorn 8 years ago
The Red Sox and Phillies are the two most hyped teams for this season. Let me hear some opinions on how they will do this season.
by Tom T 8 years ago
Who had the best offseason in MLB?Clear favorites are Boston with addition of Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford & Bobby Jenks. I like what the Brewers did as well picking up Greinke. Can't argue with the Phillies being better having Cliff Lee. Who's your pick for Best and 2nd...
by dohn121 9 years ago
The Yanks are finally back where they belong in the World Series. They'll be playing against the Phillies on Wednesday after beating the Halos 5-2 in Game 6 of the ALCS tonight. I really thought that the Yanks would beat the Halos in 5 not 6 games but hey, whatever...I realize that a...
by RT9 9 years ago
Who is your pick to win the series this year?
by Steven Escareno 7 years ago
Well on ESPN, it was discussed that the possibility behind the Red Sox's collapse was because of lack of team chemistry, obviously. However, one analyst cited that it seems like since the Red Sox won their first world series in decades under Francona that they abandoned their identity; which...
by Ryan Fuller 8 years ago
Who is going to be in the 2010 MLB playoffs?i think it will be the atlanta braves, philadelphia phillies, san diego padres and cincinatti reds for the national league and minnesota twins, tamp bay rays, ny yankees and texas rangers.
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