Cliff Lee: Whether Yanks Sign Him or Not, It's a No-Win Situation

Bernadette PasleyContributor IDecember 13, 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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In my previous post I said that if Cliff Lee wants six years the Yankees don't need him. Well, as everyone knows, they have offered him a seven-year deal.  Crazy.

I don't believe a pitcher over the age of 30 should be given more than a five-year deal. Even five years is a lot. He'd probably be good for only three of those years. With Lee's history of back trouble, it might even be less.

As I write this, Lee has yet to make a decision. If he decides to sign, it's bad because the contract is too long. If they don't sign him, they will likely trade the farm system for pitching. Jesus Montero, the Yankees big catching prospect, will never catch a game for them if that happens.  It's a no-win situation.

Whatever Lee's decision is, I'm not looking forward to it.