LADY AT THE BAT: Whether Yanks Sign Him Or Not, Cliff Lee Is A No-Win Situation

Monday, December 13, 2010

Whether Yanks Sign Him Or Not, Cliff Lee Is A No-Win Situation

In my previous post I said that if Cliff Lee wants 6 years the Yankees don't need him. Well, as everyone knows, they have offered him a 7-year deal.  Crazy.

I don't believe a pitcher over the age of 30 should be given more than a 5 year deal. Even 5 years is a lot. He'd probably be good for only three of those years. With Lee's history of back trouble, it might even be less.

As I write this, Lee has yet to make a decision. If he decides to sign, it's bad because the contract is too long. If they don't sign him, they will likely trade the farm system for pitching. Jesus Montero, the Yankees big catching prospect will never catch a game for them if that happens.  It's a no-win situation.

Whatever Lee's decision is, I'm not looking forward to it.


Epaminondas said...

By the time Lee's back seizes up in year 5-7, it will be a new stage of FA negotiations and costs.
Giambi at 7/120 was not crippling, his STEROIDS were.
I know, pitchers are different.
Andy Pettite to you.
In 2015 the YES network revenues will erase the problems.
That's' the real bet, not Lee

Chrissy said...

Absolutely agree. This deal has a high probability of being bad for the team that winds up stuck with it. Hopefully not the Yankees.

Who do you think the Yankees will target for pitching should Lee go elsewhere? Hopefully not Greinke. I think that would be a disaster as well.

Felix in NJ said...

Time for Cashman to give Pedro "My Daddy" Martinez a call.