Heyman: Yankees will make a ‘very strong’ offer to Lee today

Could the Yanks afford both Crawford and Lee?
Some right-handed outfield options

Via Jon Heyman, the Yankees will make a “very strong” six-year offer to Cliff Lee today. He guesses that it’ll be worth $23M for year, though anywhere from $20M-25M would not be surprising. It’s about time we got some movement on this front, the offseason doesn’t last forever.

Update (11:36 a.m.): Joel Sherman is hearing six years for $140-$150 million. That’s one enticing amount for an initial offer.

Could the Yanks afford both Crawford and Lee?
Some right-handed outfield options
  • Anthony Murillo

    Can we just…sign him already? Please?

  • Thomas Cassidy

    It’s about time. This crap is getting annoying and it’s going by too slow. I just want to see him sign so I can worry about other stuff the Yankees do.

  • http://twitter.com/AndrewLeighNYC Andrew

    This offer will be spit on considering Heyman has already confirmed that 30 mystery teams sneaked in the back door and offered Lee 7 years/$30 million AAV. He’s putting ping-pong balls with team logos in a hopper and having a live lottery drawing for which team’s $210 million contract he’ll sign. /filed under typical C. Lee hyperbole

    • John

      Will Mrs. Lee draw said ping pong balls?

    • Klemy

      I heard he was having a nationally televised show where he’ll announce the team he is taking his talents to, live from the Boys and Girls Club.

      • John

        Only uneducated people do that.

      • Eirias

        I hear he’s taking his talents to Cleveland.

        • Dave M

          Nah, I think he’ll go to Miami too. Lebron and Wade have been recruiting him heavily.

  • pat

    Time to stop pussyfooting around.

    • FIPster Doofus

      Lee is the cock of the walk on the current market. Hopefully the Yankees arouse him with their offer.

  • Chopitup

    If Lee takes the Hartford Whalers 12 year/$325 millon deal, Kristen Lee will probably have to wear a pancho to her next Yankee Stadium trip.

    • FIPster Doofus

      At least she’d get to hear “Brass Bonanza” on a regular basis.

      • Dave M

        I love that song!!!

  • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

    Are people really crying that this is taking too long? Look at past contracts. CC signed on December 18th. The Tex deal didn’t come out until around Christmas. Pettitte didn’t sign with the Yankees last year until December 9th. This is all pretty standard. What’s the rush? Let it takes as long it needs to.

    • http://twitter.com/AndrewLeighNYC Andrew

      Plus Lee has even less of an impetus to sign because there is no pitcher on the open market that comes anywhere close to approaching his value/worth/etc. Crawford I’m surprised there hasn’t been more activity on considering Werth is off the board, but for Lee, it makes perfect sense to take his time and let all the offers trickle in because there’s nobody out there on the market that’s better.

      But it’s an instant gratification world, so everyone would rather freak out about how it needs to be wrapped up ASAP.

    • Mike HC

      I think people are still twitching from the Jeter negotiations, even thought that negotiation was relatively quick too.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Offseason started earlier this year so these things are faster. It didn’t work.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Cash is waiting for Jesus to fly in from Venezuela and Lee to then say “Where do I sign?”

    • YankeesJunkie

      Some would say that Jesus’s second coming will convert Lee into a Yankee.

  • Regis

    It’s going to be an eleventeen year offer.

  • UWS

    Why is this burrito taking so long to cook in this microwave?!?!?!?!

    /multiple interrobangs

    • Eirias

      Only the most cutting of punctuation marks.

  • Chris

    Have to think it will be the best offer Lee has once it’s delivered to him. When it comes to players like Lee, the Yankees tend to not screw around with low ball first offers.

    • The Big City of Dreams

      if this is the first offer whats the final one lol

  • YankeesJunkie

    I find it hard topping the Yankees at 6/140-150 unless they are willing to go seven years even if they do go that seventh year I can’t see the contract being higher than 160.

  • Not Tank the Frank

    Eh, I at least wanted to hear that they tried to get him for five years. At least start there. Hearing it will start at six makes me think it will end up at seven which is very undesireable.

    • gargoyle

      Six is undesirable.

  • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

    WFAN was reporting it at 6 years 23-25 per.

    For an initial offer that’s gigantic. How does a team even match that?

  • http://none Angel

    “I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse.”

    • Pat D

      So who’s dismembered head will be in his bed?

      His agent’s? Nolan Ryan’s? Jack Zdureinckdieckieicke’s?

      • The Big City of Dreams

        all of the above

        • I am not the droids you’re looking for

          That’s a lot of head in the bed.

          • http://www.bronxbombersreport.com Craig

            Comment of the Day so far.

          • The Big City of Dreams

            More heads send a stronger msg

  • Klemy

    Heck, if someone does actually offer 7 years, it could be a lower per year that equals out to what we offer for 6 anyway.

  • Bryan

    25 mil per year for a flyball pitcher soon to be on the wrong side of 30? Gross.

    • pete

      $23-25mil per year for one of the best pitchers in baseball? Less gross

      • pete

        and, erm, “soon to be”?

        • radnom

          Yeah he will be 30 in only two short years ago.

  • rek4gehrig

    Take it Lee. Take it NOW!!!!

  • JobaWockeeZ

    ‘Lee’s agent Darek Braunecker told ESPN’s Richard Durrett that one club has been eliminated.’

    Yanks offer too good, 7 year figure is BS.

    • radnom

      Maybe Lee himself eliminated the Nationals?

      Well actually its probably a minor club that didn’t have much interest in the first place. Otherwise I don’t see why Braunecker would publicly start eliminating suitors – only hurts him. Probably a non-story.

  • nathan

    Oh boy. Not sure this is smart.

    • pat

      Lefty, control specialist, 2 dynamite secondary pitches, clean mechanics. I think he’ll age well.

  • I am not the droids you’re looking for

    From a “let’s cut to the chase” standpoint it’s a smart opening gambit.

    Probably only the Halos can even match it to say nothing of exceeding it. The Sawx could if they trade Dice-BB for Beltran, but of late they have shown extreme reluctance to offer contracts that far into players declines. Plus they have beaucoup dollars tied up in the rotation already. So they’re doubtful.

    Nationals? Puhleaze. They have to go 7 at similar AAV and if CLee takes it then good riddance.

    I think this very rapidly winnows the field, which is what we want (well, that plus signing Lee). Once we sign him it gives Pettitte the freedom to declare his retirement, or not, which in turn makes the rest of Cashman’s to do list fairly clear.

  • Jimmy McNulty

    Sweet Jesus that’s a good offer.

  • Johnny

    Michael Kay just reported that Lee’s agent left the meetings. I guess there will be no deal this week.

    • Pat D

      Jerry Crasnick tweeted the same.

      I don’t know what game Lee’s agent is playing, but I think it is pretty dumb.

  • LunaticFringe

    This “type” of pitcher, lefty…good but by no mean electric stuff…outstanding control…these guys just seem to go on and on. Pettitte, David Wells, Kenny Rogers…all similar “types”, with Lee arguably having the best control of all, check out the records of these guys starting with their 37-year old seasons. Amazingly good, really.
    I left Randy Johnson out of this since, even at 37, he still had electric stuff. Puts him in a different category in my mind.