Yankees Offer Cliff Lee 7 Years $160 Million

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After offering Cliff Lee 6 Years and $140 Million, Brian Cashman extended the offer to 7 years and $160 Million, after losing their Plan B to Boston. Brian Cashman had intended to woo Plan B Carl Crawford to New York, but instead the former Tampa Bay Left Fielder signed with the Red Sox, making Cliff Lee a major priority. While the Yankees are in the lead in the Cliff Lee Sweepstakes, the Texas Rangers are not going down without a fight after flying out to Arkansas to meet with Cliff Lee and his agent for one last time before Lee is to make a decision. Besides Cashman, Joe Girardi and even Andy Pettite are hoping that the Yankees land the Texas native after he had eliminated the New York Yankees in the 2010 Postseason, shutting them down with an 8-0 victory for his team.

The Rangers and the Nationals are also the front runners in getting Cliff Lee, but the Yankees 7 year contract might be enough to nip this in the bud and get Cliff Lee. If Cliff Lee decides not to join the Yankees, the Yankees might think of Plan “B+”: Trade one of their outfielders for a starting pitcher. The original Plan B was to snag Carl Crawford if Lee said no, but Crawford joined the Red Sox late Wednesday night.  One of the outfielders that have teams in a frenzy is Brett Gardner, with his speed and his money friendly price range. Nick Swisher contains power and is in the last year of his 4 year Yankee contract while Curtis Granderson has the speed, the power but his contract is least impressive, since it deals with a lot of money. For Brian Cashman getting Cliff Lee is a major deal, because if he doesn’t then Plan “B+” will look messy, which he hadn’t thought out.

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