Yankees Will Not Increase Offer to Cliff Lee

Via George King of the NY Post:

If Cliff Lee is waiting for the Yankees to up their offer before deciding between The Bronx and Texas, the saga is going to continue.

GM Brian Cashman has spoken to agent Darek Braunecker since Thursday when The Post revealed the Yankees’ three separate offers to the 32-year-old lefty free agent.

The longest one is for seven years and believed to be in the $160 million range.

Asked if during those post-Winter Meeting talks if the Yankees increased their offer to Lee in years or dollars, Cashman said, “No.’’

With Lee deciding between the Rangers and Yankees, Cashman was asked if at some point the Yankees would up their offer.

“No,’’ said Cashman, who spent his time waiting for Lee’s decision Christmas shopping in Connecticut.

This is reasonable. The Yankees offer to Lee seems to be the same offer they made to CC Sabathia, which is the biggest overall contract to a pitcher ever. They’re almost definitely bidding a lot more to than Texas as well. So at this point there is no reason to up their offer. If he wants the top dollar, he’s already getting it from the Yankees.

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