The Yankees offered the most guaranteed dollars, but the least average annual dollars to Cliff Lee. In the end though Lee never wanted to leave Philly and the entire idea that he was going to chase every last dollar came from Philly themselves. As soon as they realized that’s where he wanted to be the two sides got it done.
“The fact of the matter is, there’s nothing the Yankees could have done differently,” said Cliff Lee’s agent Darek Braunecker.
Some Yankees fans worried that the incident with his wife might have been a difference maker. Well apparently there was no incident with his wife. Lee told reporters that nobody spit or spilled anything on her and that they know that fans can get rowdy especially during the playoffs.
“That was way overblown,” Lee said. “It was false and it had zero to do with the whole thing.”
In the end, Lee just didn’t want to play for the Yankees. He loved his time in Philadelphia and never wanted to leave.