There’s no doubt that the Yankees plan to make a huge offer to Cliff Lee. They just haven’t done it yet.
Yahoo! Sports reported late Monday night that the Yankees had offered Lee a six-year, $140 million contract, citing “an industry source.” But two separate major-league officials told the Daily News that such an offer had not been made, with one of the officials adding that the Yankees had not made any official offers to Lee at all.
Like I said when the Yahoo rumor was spread, it didn’t seem legit. The Yankees had supposedly just made an offer two days prior so it seemed a little too rushed. Now we’re hearing that there never was any deal – $120 million, $140 million or otherwise.
It was also counter to the early information that said the Yankees would move slowly in making an offer to Lee. The idea was that they might even wait until all other teams had offer in and they would simply swoop in and top the biggest offer the way they did with Mark Teixeira.
The Yankees will eventually make a big offer to Lee, it might even happen today for all we know, but it hasn’t happened yet.This is going to be another long negotiation process. The earlier it should be expected to end is the winter meetings in December and the latest sometime in January. I’m hoping for a nice present for Christmas.