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07:49 AM ET 07.25 | The Yankees all but had Cliff Lee on their roster two weeks ago. They are going to make sure they do not do anything to let him slip away again. That is a major reason they are hesitant to obtain Dan Haren from the Diamondbacks.

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July 25, 2010  09:04 AM ET

The Phillies starters should look like this:
1B- Howard
2B - Utley
SS - Rollins
3B - Polanco
C - Ruiz
LF - Brown/Francisco
CF - Victorino
RF - Werth
P - Halladay
P - Hamels
P - Lee
P - Happ
P - Kendrick

That would be a great team, don't think it is likely, but it could been great.

Please find a way to get rid of Ibanez and Blanton, they are killing us.

July 25, 2010  09:12 AM ET

Nice, the original thread had "Phillies still have eyes on Lee"

July 25, 2010  10:55 AM ET

Texas really screwed up in trading for him without getting him signed. Lee knows the Yankees want him. The Rangers should cut their future losses by trading Lee to the Yankees before the deadline. Take the Yankee prospects and even ask for Joba. Texas will win the division without him. They are a serious contender with or without him. I'm a Yankee fan and don't want anything to do with Texas in the 1st round.

July 25, 2010  11:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Texas really screwed up in trading for him without getting him signed. Lee knows the Yankees want him. The Rangers should cut their future losses by trading Lee to the Yankees before the deadline. Take the Yankee prospects and even ask for Joba. Texas will win the division without him. They are a serious contender with or without him. I'm a Yankee fan and don't want anything to do with Texas in the 1st round.

They couldn't make any long term signings until the ownership situation is settled. It's true the Yankees want him, but remember they say they want to keep payroll around the 200 million mark they are now. So how much are they willing to spend on Lee, who has said in the past he wants a CC Sabathia deal.

It could get really interesting in Mark Cuban somehow gets this team.

July 25, 2010  11:28 AM ET

what a surprise

July 25, 2010  11:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

They couldn't make any long term signings until the ownership situation is settled. It's true the Yankees want him, but remember they say they want to keep payroll around the 200 million mark they are now. So how much are they willing to spend on Lee, who has said in the past he wants a CC Sabathia deal. It could get really interesting in Mark Cuban somehow gets this team.

Vasquez and Pettite (if he retires) contracts are up at the end of the year. Vasquez makes about $12 million per and Lee would probably want what Burnett makes which is about $18 mil. Cuban or not if the Yankees want him and Lee already knows that. Texas should make the deal or come away with nothing at the end of the year. Texas is a interesting team with or without Lee.

July 25, 2010  12:03 PM ET
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Vasquez and Pettite (if he retires) contracts are up at the end of the year. Vasquez makes about $12 million per and Lee would probably want what Burnett makes which is about $18 mil. Cuban or not if the Yankees want him and Lee already knows that. Texas should make the deal or come away with nothing at the end of the year. Texas is a interesting team with or without Lee.

Lee wants a lot more than that. If he only wanted 18, the Phillies would have signed him last year. The Yankees also need to resign Jeter and Mo, and they are also talking about Carl Crawford. But I do agree Texas is a very good ball club and in a big market with only a payroll of 55 million, the new owners should have plenty on money to spend this off season.

July 25, 2010  12:05 PM ET

Sabathia's deal was a good deal for both Sabathia and the Yankees. The Yankee got the beast they wanted and Sabathia got the out if he wants in a couple of year. Lee will not get that kind of $$. The Yankees will bid against themselves. The Red Sox have Ortiz and Martinez to deal with. They also have Beckett, Lackey, DiceK, and Lester signed to long team deals and will no way part with Bucholz. They will also have to deal with Papelbon after next year. The Mets are broke and Dodgers are just plain cheap. Cubs would be interesting if they could turn it around in the second half. Again Texas is a scary team Cuban might want to establish himself right away in a bidding war with the Yankees but the Yankees will win in the end.

July 25, 2010  12:09 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Lee wants a lot more than that. If he only wanted 18, the Phillies would have signed him last year. The Yankees also need to resign Jeter and Mo, and they are also talking about Carl Crawford. But I do agree Texas is a very good ball club and in a big market with only a payroll of 55 million, the new owners should have plenty on money to spend this off season.

With the play of Gardner, Crawford is out. Gardner is not Crawford but Gardner has done a great job and makes dirt. Gardner is younger as well. Mo and Jeter contracts will just carry on as if they didn't add any money. Philly figured that Lee didn't want to sign so they did the right thing by getting Doc. Philly is making a move now and Doc is an even trade off for Lee. If they would have kept Lee along with Doc?

July 25, 2010  12:11 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Sabathia's deal was a good deal for both Sabathia and the Yankees. The Yankee got the beast they wanted and Sabathia got the out if he wants in a couple of year. Lee will not get that kind of $$. The Yankees will bid against themselves. The Red Sox have Ortiz and Martinez to deal with. They also have Beckett, Lackey, DiceK, and Lester signed to long team deals and will no way part with Bucholz. They will also have to deal with Papelbon after next year. The Mets are broke and Dodgers are just plain cheap. Cubs would be interesting if they could turn it around in the second half. Again Texas is a scary team Cuban might want to establish himself right away in a bidding war with the Yankees but the Yankees will win in the end.

don't be so sure, they have never gone into a bidding war with somebody as crazy as Cuban. And with a 55 million dollar payroll, he will have much more to spend if he chooses............

July 25, 2010  12:14 PM ET
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With the play of Gardner, Crawford is out. Gardner is not Crawford but Gardner has done a great job and makes dirt. Gardner is younger as well. Mo and Jeter contracts will just carry on as if they didn't add any money. Philly figured that Lee didn't want to sign so they did the right thing by getting Doc. Philly is making a move now and Doc is an even trade off for Lee. If they would have kept Lee along with Doc?

you don't think Jeter (the heart and soul of that team) is looking at Arod making 13 million more that hi and not want some kind of a raise????????

July 25, 2010  12:16 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

don't be so sure, they have never gone into a bidding war with somebody as crazy as Cuban. And with a 55 million dollar payroll, he will have much more to spend if he chooses............

I think your right about Cuban. Boston is all tied up with their own players right now and Cuban would be interesting. Too bad the Boss is gone. The Hal seems to be allot more mild compared to George. George vs Cuban would have been fun

July 25, 2010  12:18 PM ET
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you don't think Jeter (the heart and soul of that team) is looking at Arod making 13 million more that hi and not want some kind of a raise????????

No. Jeter is nothing like Arod. I think if he's offered the same contract he'd take it. It would be great if the Yankees gave him $1 more then Arod.

July 25, 2010  12:32 PM ET
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No. Jeter is nothing like Arod. I think if he's offered the same contract he'd take it. It would be great if the Yankees gave him $1 more then Arod.

I believe a fair contract for Jeter would be 3 years 75 million...........

July 25, 2010  12:41 PM ET

Yeah Javier and Andy combined clears up about $25 million off the books. I see Jeter getting a 4 - 5 year deal at about $20 million per year (or about what he makes now) A-Rods Contract was front loaded as he has made $33 million per year the first 3 years of his 10 year 275 million dollar contract (Proof the Yankees know how to bid against themselves) I think his contract drops to around $25 million next year freeing up another $8 million or so. That alone gives them $30 - 35 million to spend just to stay where they are right now. But Lee will want at least $20 - 23 per year and Crawford will want $18 - 20 per year as well to come to New York. The Yankees could go a little cheaper and go after Werth instead of Crawford.... Gardner is good and cheap but I think the Yankees have had their eye on Crawford for a while.

July 25, 2010  12:45 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

With the play of Gardner, Crawford is out. Gardner is not Crawford but Gardner has done a great job and makes dirt. Gardner is younger as well. Mo and Jeter contracts will just carry on as if they didn't add any money. Philly figured that Lee didn't want to sign so they did the right thing by getting Doc. Philly is making a move now and Doc is an even trade off for Lee. If they would have kept Lee along with Doc?

That's not the Yankees style....they've had a hard-on for Crawford for years. He will be a Yankee....Gardner will be the 4th outfielder, or will will be traded to upgrade the bullpen. Mo and Jeter will carry on but I can see both asking for at least $5 million more per year to re-sign....They will sign Lee...they have to....they're the Yankees. They give out $20+ million contracts like Halloween candy. They have to resign Andy P too, because he's one of the original Yankees from the 90's. That's a lot of cash. Not to mention they will have an additional hard-on tho find a slugging DH like Prince Fielder or maybe even Guerrero for one year. There's another $10 million. Just another offseason for the Yankees

July 25, 2010  12:50 PM ET
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Yeah Javier and Andy combined clears up about $25 million off the books. I see Jeter getting a 4 - 5 year deal at about $20 million per year (or about what he makes now) A-Rods Contract was front loaded as he has made $33 million per year the first 3 years of his 10 year 275 million dollar contract (Proof the Yankees know how to bid against themselves) I think his contract drops to around $25 million next year freeing up another $8 million or so. That alone gives them $30 - 35 million to spend just to stay where they are right now. But Lee will want at least $20 - 23 per year and Crawford will want $18 - 20 per year as well to come to New York. The Yankees could go a little cheaper and go after Werth instead of Crawford.... Gardner is good and cheap but I think the Yankees have had their eye on Crawford for a while.

Good points but Werth and Crawford are not coming. Sure they had their eyes on Crawford but look at what Gardner is doing. The Yankees won't spend when they have Gardner who is not making a million. Where would Werth play? Swisher is a better player. Granderson is having a bad year yes but look out for playoff time. It's a new season then. Lee probably wants the security of finally having a home for more than a year. 5 years $18 mil per probably gets it done. A rotation of CC, AJ, Hughes, Andy, and Lee make them unbeatable.

July 25, 2010  12:56 PM ET
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Some are talking like Cuban is in. That would be a change from the vibes I'm hearing from the Commish's office.I think he'd be GREAT for the game but I think Stern thinks one George Steinbrenner every 100 years or so; not that Cuban would be as 'out there' as George was ... then, again ...

Cuban is a nut (in a good way) and no doubt would want to make a big splash. The Million Dollar question is would Lee want to stay?

July 25, 2010  12:56 PM ET
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Yeah, that is good for baseball, lets just have the Yankees buy whatever player they want. I hope the whole team dies in a plane crash...

Who's your team?

 
July 25, 2010  12:59 PM ET
QUOTE(#20):

Good points but Werth and Crawford are not coming. Sure they had their eyes on Crawford but look at what Gardner is doing. The Yankees won't spend when they have Gardner who is not making a million. Where would Werth play? Swisher is a better player. Granderson is having a bad year yes but look out for playoff time. It's a new season then. Lee probably wants the security of finally having a home for more than a year. 5 years $18 mil per probably gets it done. A rotation of CC, AJ, Hughes, Andy, and Lee make them unbeatable.

Gotta love Yankee optimism!

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