Report: New York Mets Out Of Cliff Lee Stakes This Winter

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Report: New York Mets Out Of Cliff Lee Stakes This Winter
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The face of Cliff Lee in a Mets uniform will have to wait a bit more time due to their financial situation.

ESPN New York is reporting that a very close source has told them that the New York Mets have opted not to go after Cliff Lee this upcoming Winter. 

The piece starts talking about the absolute mess that the New York Mets are in financially that lead them to start to depend on their top prospects like Ike Davis. The team is in ruins financially for the next year or so. 

This is all thanks to Bernie Madoff and his Ponzi scheme that included the Wilpons, who run the New York Mets organization. Having Omar Minaya as a general manager doesn't seem to help when he has so many terrible players like Luis Castillo and Oliver Perez under contract for a year or two more. 

The ESPN piece makes an excellent point of noting that Johan Santana is already making over $20 million next year. He is their ace, and to add Cliff Lee would create a similar situation like when Santana first arrived and the media was pondering who was the ace—Pedro Martinez or Johan Santana?

The Rangers will try and keep their hands on their prized trade deadline acquisition. They have a serious shot at making it deep in the playoffs, and Lee might like to stay with a contender. But then again, you can't ever rule out the always pitching hungry New York Yankees. 

Adam Rubin sadly points out that the Mets future may have to get worse before it gets better. 

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