Phil-Lee Again

Posted: December 14, 2010 by amyaubrey in MLB
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Whoever says money talks in baseball, obviously didn’t talk to Cliff Lee.  The big free agent pitcher signed with the Philadelphia Phillies.  He left millions of dollars on the table to go back to Philadelphia.  The Yankees & Rangers were both offering him a hell of a whole lot more for longer periods of time.  The Yankees were willing to guarantee Lee $154 million for seven years. And instead, he picked a five-year deal worth around $120 million.

Last year, the Phillies traded him to Seattle, who then eventually traded him to the Rangers.  Lee kills the Yankees whenever he pitches against them so he was their #1 free agent target.  Normally, the Yankees get their man but this time was not the case.  So instead of joining his pal CC Sabathia in NY, Lee decided to sign up to be a part of easily the best rotation in baseball.  With Lee, Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels & Roy Oswalt all in 1 rotation, you have 3 of the best 8 winning percentages among all active pitchers.  It is very possible to have 3 20-game winners on 1 team.  Pretty much nobody saw this coming & it’s basically a slap in the face to both the Yankees & the Rangers.  Maybe Philadelphia really is the City of brotherly love, or maybe he just really likes cheesesteaks.

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