December 09, 2010
They're getting ready to tear down the tents at Disney World and while two of the top three prizes — Carl Crawford(notes) and Jayson Werth(notes) — are heading home with new owners, Cliff Lee(notes) will likely make his decision outside of the winter meetings timeframe.
• SI.com's Jon Heyman reports the New York Yankees have raised their offer to seven years. Everyone has long assumed that's what it would take for any team to secure him and it now makes sense after seeing Crawford and Werth getting contracts of the same length.
• ESPN New York reports that the Texas Rangers are packing up their jalopies and traveling to Lee's home in Arkansas so they can sweeten the pot on the previous five-year offer they made. Our own Steve Henson reports that "the Rangers are adding any perk necessary to make life in Texas and Arkansas as easy as possible for Lee and his family."
At the very least, though, this trip would seem to ensure we won't be seeing any decision made on Thursday.
• Los Angeles Angels GM Tony Reagins tells Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal that the Halos remain interested in Lee's services. Might they swoop in and steal Lee with a big offer like the Red Sox did with Carl Crawford on Wednesday night?
Though Lee's decision might be delayed, I can't see him heading to anywhere but the Yankees — or New York putting out a dollar figure that would allow him to look anywhere else. When all is said and done, Lee will be in a Yankees uniform.
Of course, I'm the same guy who predicted that Lee would sign over the winter meetings while Crawford and Werth would take their time, so what do I know?