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08:17 AM ET 10.13 | If the Yankees always get their guy, where might this find Cliff Lee in 2011? The Yankees could make it hard for Lee to stay in Texas. Recent history shows that when the Yankees convince themselves they absolutely must have a certain player, they get their man. Over and over in the last decade, they used their financial might to outbid all other suitors. It happened with Mike Mussina in 2000; Jason Giambi in 2001; Hideki Matsui in 2002; Johnny Damon in 2005; and C. C. Sabathia, Mark Teixeira and A. J. Burnett in 2008. It would be surprising if it did not happen with Lee.

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October 13, 2010  08:19 AM ET

Yes - it would be surprising.

But - let's worry about that later...

October 13, 2010  08:25 AM ET

Lee will be a Yankee next season because he want's to pitch in baseball's biggest stage for a team that is always in the championship mix. Of course, he will also be offered a contract no other suitor can compete with.

October 13, 2010  08:33 AM ET

**** THE YANKEES. This is one time it's not going to go their way. New owners, new tv contract, more money, younger and talented team.

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October 13, 2010  08:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Lee will be a Yankee next season because he want's to pitch in baseball's biggest stage for a team that is always in the championship mix. Of course, he will also be offered a contract no other suitor can compete with.

ARROGANT!

October 13, 2010  09:01 AM ET

Be nice if a player would come out and say "Join the Yankees? I want to BEAT the Yankees!" Good luck, TX.

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October 13, 2010  09:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

ARROGANT!

ARROGANT!

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October 13, 2010  09:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Yes - it would be surprising. But - let's worry about that later...

Yup, he's got a few more games to win this year

October 13, 2010  09:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

He can start impressing them by beating them twice in the ALCS

That will drive the price up for sure.

If you can't beat 'em, buy 'em.

October 13, 2010  09:27 AM ET

They did beat him with the Philies, well they beat the Phillies.
Salary cap is for the owners, not parity.
Yanks probably hire him this off season unless the Red Sox decide it would be to their advantage to pay.

October 13, 2010  09:29 AM ET
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This is why baseball needs salary cap. They (whoever they is) think the game is healthy when 5-6 teams have a shot at a free agent like this one. Yes, the NY Yimes is arrogant and the sports talk shows in NY want an all star at every position for the Yankees, They are pretty close to having this if they sign an outfielder and a new, yonger catcher. Luckily for baseball, a player is VERY sucessful getting a hit every 3 times, if it wasn't so hard to hit a baseball, the league standings would be even more skewed.

I guess I'm on the other side of the fence... I can't begrudge the Yankees and their advantage. Especially when there are teams (as revealed in that leak a couple of months ago) who only care about sticking money in their pockets rather than improving their teams.

October 13, 2010  09:32 AM ET

Take the $$ from the Yanks to be there #2 guy, behind CC or take a little less and be the #1 guy else where...not so sure he will be a Yankee.

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October 13, 2010  09:35 AM ET
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Especially when there are teams (as revealed in that leak a couple of months ago) who only care about sticking money in their pockets rather than improving their teams.

Well at least Tom Hicks is in the rear view mirror. I bet he will be out on I-30 this weekend with a tin cup in his hand. LMAO!

October 13, 2010  09:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

I guess I'm on the other side of the fence... I can't begrudge the Yankees and their advantage. Especially when there are teams (as revealed in that leak a couple of months ago) who only care about sticking money in their pockets rather than improving their teams.

Pittsburgh Pirates. The world record holder of consecutive losing seasons!! We're #1!!

October 13, 2010  09:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#19):

Well at least Tom Hicks is in the rear view mirror. I bet he will be out on I-30 this weekend with a tin cup in his hand. LMAO!

The one dumb owner Scott Boras always looked for

 
October 13, 2010  09:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#19):

Well at least Tom Hicks is in the rear view mirror. I bet he will be out on I-30 this weekend with a tin cup in his hand. LMAO!

And that is WORD!!!

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