[Cliff Lee] is expected to command a salary of $20 million-plus per season. At 32, he might receive less years than the seven that Lee’s good buddy and former Indians teammate CC Sabathia did. Sabathia’s total is for $161 million. It is believed that Braunecker wants to start the negotiations there, but realistically probably can only go only get his client six years at most, maybe five.
“I’ve never said CC is the goal,” Braunecker said when asked if he would match Sabathia’s deal.
This news doesn’t necessarily mean that he doesn’t want top dollar. It might only mean that he’s willing to accept less than the seven-years that Sabathia got. Considering that Lee is a few years older than Sabathia was when he signed his deal with the Yankees that’s a good thing.
Also in the report it said that Lee is expected to be deer hunting in Arkansas during the winter meetings. So if he shows up in Florida you can expect something to go down.