Monday, December 13, 2010

Stunning Upset

Reports have Cliff Lee's camp telling both Rangers and Yankees he is signing with Phillies. Halladay, Lee, Hamels, Oswalt? Probably the best staff ever put together.

What was mainly a two horse race between the Yankees and Rangers led the ninja Ruben Amaro swoop in and take Lee out of nowhere. This has got to kill the Yankee faithful as they just came up empty-handed as their arch-rivals made huge splashes with the Crawford and Gonzalez signings.

Contract terms aren't known, but it is widely believed that Lee took less money to go to Philly. The Yankees were offering 7/150 so my best guess would probably be 5/100 or 6/120. The key question is how the Phillies plan to afford that after throwing money down the Ryan Howard toilet. Time will tell.

UPDATE: Sources saying that Lee left $50 million on the table. Wow. In the "take the money" age, this is quite a shocking development. I expect the Yankees to make a strong push for Zack Greinke now.

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