The Cliff Lee sweepstakes were supposed to come down to the Texas Rangers versus the New York Yankees. And, who knows - maybe they will, or maybe they already have. But a new report from Jon Heyman suggests that we could have a major twist.
According to Heyman, Lee has received not one, but two contract offers that are seven years in length and worth at least $20 million per season. This is interesting, because his two primary suitors in Texas and New York have recently expressed an unwillingness to go as long as seven, preferring to limit things to five or six. It's possible that the Rangers and/or the Yankees have secretly gotten more bold, but it's also possible that we're dealing with a pair of mystery teams.
One notes that Lee met with Mike Rizzo and the Nationals on Tuesday. The Nationals may have gone ahead and made a huge offer.
Lee, of course, won't automatically accept the biggest offer he gets, and no matter where these offers came from, one must still consider the Rangers and Yankees the favorites. But it would definitely be wild if another team came out of nowhere to steal him away.