Lee, the prized free-agent left-hander, will receive a seven-year offer, according to major-league sources.
As of Monday night, it was not clear whether any team had extended such a proposal. But at least one club has expressed a willingness to go seven years, sources say.
Rosenthal did not name the club that was willing to extend a seven-year deal to Lee, but coincidentally the Washington Nationals are rumored to be getting involved more seriously in talks.
Rosenthal later reported that the Yankees do not plan on offering Lee a seven-year deal. Joel Sherman of the NY Post confirmed that a seven-year deal was indeed a “dealbreaker” for the Yankess. Sherman did note that the Yankees would be willing to go to six years.
Part of me wonders if this is just an agent leaking information in an attempt to try to up the bids on his client, but part of me can’t help but wonder if the Nationals perhaps are going all in. It does make sense in a way that they would be willing to go for broke.
With Lee in the fold, their 2012 team could be potentially very good and if they landed him it probably wouldn’t be nearly as hard to attract free agents a year from now. Think about it, they’ll have Stephen Strasburg coming off an injury, Bryce Harper about ready for the major leagues and a team potentially lead by Lee and Werth. With Ryan Zimmerman thrown in there, they might not need a whole lot more to be a contender.
We’ll have to see. This certainly will be a widely discussed topic the rest of the day and there are bound to be updates. Check back here and check back often. We’ll have updates throughout the day.