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Unless you've been living in a bubble playing Trivial Pursuit with George Costanza, deciphering whether the answer to the trivia question is the Moors or the Moops, you must be aware the Yankees are planning to empty their bank account, with the hope of signing Cliff Lee to a mega-contract.
After watching the pitching meltdown that was the 2010 New York Yankees pitching staff, how could they not?
CC Sabathia's postseason ERA rose from 1.98 to 5.63. A.J Burnett became the new rocket man, as his ERA sky-rocketed from 5.27 to 7.50. Dave Robertson imploded every time he was called upon to get a big out, and Boone Logan thought he was pitching batting practice to Josh Hamilton during the ALCS.
Despite having a pay-roll higher than the GDP of some countries, the Yankees fell short of championship number 28. They simply didn't have the pitching to get the job done, and now it's time to re-fuel.
Looking at the future of the Yankees starting rotation, Sabathia is the only bright-spot. Other than Sabathia, who's the foundation of this rotation for the next five seasons, spots two through five in the rotation remain a question.
Burnett's 2010 performance speaks for himself. Andy Pettitte might be calling it a career. Javier Vasquez should be given a one-way ticket, never to return to the Yankees again. And Phil Hughes, albeit has shown signs of stardom, is still young and who knows how is career will pan out.
Therefore, it's essential the Yankees re-unite Lee and Sabathia in New York and form the best 1-2 punch in the majors. But until Lee officially signs with the Yankees, the chances that he returns to Texas is still very much alive. A scary thought for all Yankee fans, but very much a possibility of becoming a nightmare of a reality.
What were to happen if Lee decides to take less money and stay in Arlington, Texas? What if Nolan Ryan empties his pockets and offers Lee the right amount? Or, what if Lee already knows he's staying in Texas, but is just taking the Yankees a long for the ride?
Where would the Yankees turn? Do they focus their attention on Jorge De La Rosa? Do they bring back Javier Vasquez? Do they beg Andy Pettitte to return for one final season?
If the Yankees fail to sign Lee, trading for Zack Greinke, although unlikely, could be a possibility. However, Greinke couldn't handle the pressure of pitching in Kansas City, he's certainly not going to be able to handle the pressure of pitching in a big game at Yankee Stadium.
If the Yankees fail to sign Lee, it would be interesting to see whom they focus on. So whether the Yankees organization has a backup plan for Lee is yet to be scene. But hopefully, that will not have to come to the forefront of this offseason.
Because if that's the case, 2010 could be a long season. And this time, it won't even end with a loss in the playoffs. As their season will be over after the final game of the regular.