Cliff Lee rumors on Monday night
The latest on Cliff Lee with little coming out – so far – from the Rangers camp on a Monday night with a meteor shower due in after midnight…
* Reports suggest the Phillies are in on this after all. They traded him last year. But if Lee joins a rotation that already includes Roy Oswalt, Roy Halladay and Cole Hamels… watch out.
* Lee wasn’t happy when the Phillies traded him to the Mariners last year but maybe time does heal all wounds.
* Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Lee has not made a decision yet. Cashman told Tyler Kepner of the New York Times: “They have not made any decision, same as yesterday… He’s got a life decision to make, and he’ll make one here someday.”
* Cashman also said the Yankees seven-year offer is the final one they are going to make. They are not going to “sweeten” it.
* Doubtful that the Rangers will go beyond what they offered on Thursday in Arkansas.
* The Washington Nationals are out of this. The Red Sox were in it early but have long since bowed out. That was before Carl Crawford signed a $142 million contract.
Everybody is waiting on Cliff Lee and his agent Darek Braunecker to make a final decision.
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