What is all this talk about Cliff Lee?
Over the last few seasons Cliff Lee has become one of if not the most dominant pitcher in baseball. So far during the 2010 playoffs, he is making a case to be considered the most dominant playoff pitcher of all time.
The one thing that has not been consistent for Lee recently, has been his uniform. Lee started the 2009 season in Cleveland, before being traded to the Phillies, where he got the win in both of the Phillies World Series wins. He was then traded to Seattle, before getting a mid-season trade to Texas, where he has led the Rangers to not only the franchise's first ever postseason series win, but to their first World Series.
That will change this winter when Lee will sign a long term contract somewhere. Texas will do everything in their power to keep Lee down in Arlington. But Texas also doesn't want to have repeat of the A-Rod contract when they devoted so much money to Alex Rodriguez that they couldn't afford to put a team around him.
The Yankees are the front runners to land the left hander. The Yankees don't like it when other teams have players better then their own, and they will look to add Lee to a rotation that will have question marks for next season.
The Yankees have long made clear their desire to bring Lee to the big apple, and with CC Sabathia needing to undergo knee surgery it will only increase their desire. The Yankees are capable of offering Lee a larger contract then the one given to Sabathia, who is currently the highest paid pitcher in baseball.
It will be very hard for Lee to turn down the Yankees mammoth offer. The only hope I could muster up is to think back to the winter of 2004, when almost the entire world agreed that it was a foregone conclusion that the Yankees would sign both Pedro Martinez and Carlos Beltran, the top two players on the market, during the offseason. The Mets had just hired a new GM and a new manager to change their identity and they swooped in and stole both of them from the Yankees.
Perhaps this winter, with the Mets once again hiring a new GM and manager they could provide a surprise swoop for Lee and steal him from the Yankees once again.
Oh yea, then I remember the Mets lost all their money with Bernie Madoff and Cliff Lee will be pitching in the Bronx next season.