The Cliff Lee negotiations have been both interesting and slow to progress. He's reportedly received a pair of seven-year contract offers from a couple of mystery teams, while the Yankees have grown frustrated with the deliberate pace of it all.
Heyman expects the Yankees to offer Lee a six-year contract worth close to $25 million per season. While the Yankees are unwilling to go as long as seven, they have the ability to blow everyone else out of the water when it comes to money, and it looks like they could be taking advantage of that fact. If Lee has to choose between a few seven-year offers, a five- or six-year offer from the Rangers, and a six-year offer from the Yankees, and the six-year offer is this pricey, it would be easy to see him choosing New York.
As unlikely as it's seemed recently, it's possible that Lee could even sign soon. Agent Darek Braunecker has said that one team (not the Rangers) recently dropped out of the negotiations, and that he and Lee have "zeroed in on a few things." They're going to spend all day Wednesday in discussions with different teams, and will soon meet with Texas.