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Running out the clock on the work day, aren’t you? Here’s some links to help pass the time…

Yankees Sign Breland Brown

Via Baseball America’s minor league transactions, the Yankees have signed outfielder Breland Brown to a minor league deal. Based on what I can find, the 25-year-old hasn’t played in affiliated ball and has just been bouncing around between independent leagues for the last few years. It’s just a minor league depth move, but if nothing else, Brown has a pretty active Twitter account. He’s even got some pics of his contract posted there.

Blast From The Past: Lance Berkman

In honor of his big game yesterday, Baseball America posted a scouting report of Lance Berkman from 1999, when he was the Astros top prospect. Most people don’t realize how dominant of a player he was at Rice, when he hit .431 with a 1.032 slugging percentage during his draft year, scoring 109 runs with 41 homers and 134 runs batted in in a whopping 68 games. Amazing, he was only the second Rice player taken that year before first overall pick Matt Anderson. Anyway, my favorite part of the retro scouting report was when they talked about Puma’s big league debut depending on the status of … wait for it … Derek Bell. Too funny.

Cliff Lee Wants CC Sabathia Money

This one is completely unsurprising, but MLBTR passes along a report indicating that Lee will seek something like the $161M the Yankees gave Sabathia two years ago. There’s no doubt that Lee is every bit as good, if not better than CC was when he hit free agency, but his track record isn’t nearly as long and he’s also two years older. Shooting for Sabathia money is just good business on their part, but I expect him to sign for something well below that.

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  • Brad Toughy

    I could see Lee getting $20 million or more annually, but I wouldn’t expect him to get 7+ years.

    He’ll probably land something in between AJ Burnett and John Lackey’s deal, but short of CC’s.

    • FIPster Doofus

      Burnett and Lackey both got the same deal – five years, $82.5 million. Lee should sign for significantly more than both.

      • Brad Toughy

        That’s what I said. His deal will end up being worth more than the deals AJ and Lackey signed, but ultimately less than the one CC signed.

        I may have worded it strangely at first.

        • FIPster Doofus

          Yeah, I assumed you thought there was a difference in Burnett and Lackey’s contracts. My bad.

  • Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Mrs. OBP Jesus Maquinito

    FWIW, Breland’s twitter account is awesome. Giving people shout outs and whatnot.

    My new favorite Yankee Twitterer.

    • Steve O.

      Agreed. Heh, I just tweeted that. Anywho, I’ve tweeted Swish maybe half a dozen times, with no reply. Although, that happens when you’ve got over a million followers.

  • nsalem

    Plus Lee’s back problems will loom large, while has injury free. I think
    Lee will be hard pressed to get even 6 years.

    • nsalem

      Plus Lee’s back problems will loom large, while CC has injury free. I think Lee will be hard pressed to get even 6 years.

  • jonathan

    Even though CC is 2 years younger he would be 4 years younger than when Cliff Lee hits free agency. I predict 5 years 95-100 million. The good news is that we won’t hear those, “he really wants to pitch in CA and not NY” articles. If it’s just about money I don’t see any way we get beat out. CC/Lee/Hughes/Andy/AJ next year, and if not Andy, then I hope Joba.

    • thurdonpaul

      damn,thats some rotation with AJ fifth :)

      • Eric Young

        Lee might be able to help AJ a lot. Moving him to fifth might help take the pressure off, too.

    • Zack

      Instead it will be how he’s from Arkansas and pitched in Cleveland so he really doesn’t like big cities so he won’t come to NY

    • OldYanksFan

      We should also consider that CC went to the Yankees when Cashman was literally desparate for pitching. CC probably gets more like $20m from any other team. Plus, the economy is a lot more dour now then it was in the winter of 2008. Things really aren’t worst now, but back then many didn’t really know yet how bad things were.

      And while Lee’s last 5 years have been much better, he has a career ERA+ of 112, with a 109 in 2010. He is 31 years old

      CCs career ERA is 123, coming off a 157 in his walk year. CC was 27.
      So, yeah… right now, they are a close match up. But considering all the things that affect (effect?) FA value, I’d say at 5/$100m, Lee should take the money and run. My guess is 5/$90 or 6/$105.

  • crawdaddy

    20M per, but at what length? He’s going to try for at least six years.

    • Brad Toughy

      I think teams have learned to stay away from mega-longterm deals with pitchers if it’s not a perfect storm. (Talent, track record, youth).

      Deals that are five-plus years haven’t worked out too well for teams recently. Think of some of those guys. Gil Meche, Mark Prior, Dice-K, Zito, Neagle, Hampton, CHoP.

      Teams are learning that pitchers are risky and the best way to reduce the risk is to only sign guys that are young, with a good track record and are very good pitchers.

      Guys like Felix and Verlander fit the prototype of pitchers that are prety good bets to stay healthy and productive over the course of a long-term deal.

      • bonestock94

        I hope you’re right, but I wouldn’t be shocked at all if this becomes a bidding war with an irrationally big and long contract.

      • OldYanksFan

        Don’t forget Zito.

  • mike c (LETS GO YANK KEEEZ)

    lee’s definitely getting CC money. there’s no other elite FA pitcher available for the next couple years

    • A.D.

      Not that many teams that can/will actually pay CC money though

  • Daniel

    By far the best comment on Cliff Lee MLBTR article was this one

    “He’s also seeking a C.C. Sabathia teammate.”

  • the tenth inning stretch

    Fortunately we’ll have some Javy Vazquez money freed up to give him.

    • Ted Nelson

      No, I think they’re re-signing Javy after all the success he’s had in the Bronx ;)

      • dan

        no.they are more likely trading for that hall of famer from boston kelly…

  • bonestock94

    41 homers in 68 games hahahaha. 60%

  • larryf

    So if we beat Lee in his starts against us next round what does that do to his contract? No effect?

    • Steve H

      None. Though Jon Heyman would disagree.

      • Steve O.

        This. A couple playoff games should have no effect on his future contract situation.

  • Another Bronx Dynasty

    Want to see them sign Lee & re-sign Wood to stablize the bullpen. If not Wood than go get Soriano to eventually replace MO.

  • Another Bronx Dynasty

    Imagine if we would have signed Chapman. he’s hitting 101 on the radar gun tonight.

    • Sayid J.

      We have Wood, just as effective (if not more) and less expensive.

  • dan

    alot money for a relief pitcher

  • Risto

    I really hope the Yankees stay away from Lee. A 32-year-old pitcher with a history of mediocrity is not worth Sabathia money.