Yankees Lose Cliff Lee to Philadelphia 5

To improve their rotation the Yankees targeted free agent Cliff Lee, but they’ll have to turn elsewhere as Lee has agreed to sign with the Philadelphia Phillies according to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com.

The deal is believed to be a five-year deal worth about $100 million according to Joel Sherman of the NY Post. Sherman also reported that the Yankees final offer was a six-year deal worth $138 million plus a $16 million player option for $154 million total. So essentially Lee took about $50 million less to sign with the Phillies over the Yankees.

Now the Yankees will have to bring Andy Pettitte back, who suddenly has a ton of leverage in contract negotiations, or risk having two giant holes in their rotation.

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5 thoughts on “Yankees Lose Cliff Lee to Philadelphia

  • Scott

    take a look at this pitching rotation for the Yankees for 2011.


    CC Sabathia LHP

    Brandon Webb RHP -FA

    Andy Pettite LHP -FA

    Pedro Martinez RHP -FA

    AJ Burnett RHP


    Phil Hughes RHP (6th starter)

    Joba Chamberlain RHP

    Kerry Wood RHP – FA

    Ivan Nova RHP

    David Robertson RHP

    Sergio Mite RHP

    Boone Logan LHP

    Brian Fuentes LHP – FA


    Mariano Rivera RHP

  • C.A.P.P

    This should be seen as an opportunity. Re-sign Andy (proven) and let Betances, Brackman, Noesi and Phelps have a go. One of them will work. C.C, Hughes, Pettitte, Burnett & Nova are not too short of 100 win potential. 7 years for a 32 year old pitcher is not good management. When it's all said & done it will be considered a great night for NYY.

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