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Lots of teams will be phonies in the bidding for Cliff Lee.
In reality, only two real bidders have a shot: the New York Yankees and Texas Rangers.
No other team will bid as high as these two, with the Yankees pricing everybody else out and the Rangers refusing to back down.
It is very likely that the Rangers match whatever the Yankees offer Lee.
But it might not matter. Cliff Lee seems to really enjoy pitching in the postseason. The Rangers cannot guarantee they'll perennially be in the playoffs. Neither can the Yankees, but they do offer a better chance of perennially making the playoffs.
Cliff Lee is good friends with CC Sabathia. He'd love to pitch in the same rotation with him and do for the Yankees what they couldn't for the Cleveland Indians. Reportedly, his wife contacted Amber Sabathia about houses in the New York area before the Mariners pulled out of a deal with the Yankees at the last second.
And that whole spitting incident?
Don't worry Kristen Lee, that's just how we say hello in New York!