Cliff Lee Gets 7 Year Contract Offer from Unknown Team

Jason KimCorrespondent IDecember 7, 2010

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 01:  Cliff Lee #33 of the Texas Rangers pitches against the San Francisco Giants in Game Five of the 2010 MLB World Series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on November 1, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The most prized free agent player on the market this season, Cliff Lee, has reportedly been offered a seven year deal by an unknown team.

The New York Yankees have been reported to have offered Lee a six year contract averaging $23 million annually.

The Texas Rangers are known to have offered a five year deal. 

The Washington Nationals probably don't have enough money after signing Jayson Werth to a $126 million contract.

So, who is this mystery team?

One possible answer is the Los Angeles Angels, who seem to be strong runners for big time free agents this offseason. 

And who knows, the Boston Red Sox are always in the mix when the Yankees are.

All in all, we do not know who the team is, but it is the longest contract offer.

This team might have just raised the price tag on maybe the best pitcher in the league today.

Lee is 32 years old, so his age is a factor, but his most recent stats do not show it:

  1. W-L: 12-9
  2. ERA: 3.18
  3. BB Allowed: 18
  4. IP: 212.1

One thing is for certain here: This isn't going to be a quick negotiation.