Cliff Lee to decide on team by the end of this weekend

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Here it comes.

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, free agent left-hander Cliff Lee will decide on a club by the end of this weekend.

Lee has a formal offer in hand from the Yankees that is thought to be worth around $140 million over six years.  He will probably get a matching offer or something better within the next 24 hours from the Rangers and maybe something similar from a few other teams.

But, by this weekend, he is going to have a decision.  The biggest free agent on this winter’s market will be wrapped up with a bow before December 13.

Lee, 32, registered a stellar 3.18 ERA and 1.00 WHIP over 28 starts in 2010 with 185 strikeouts against 18 walks.  We’ve heard rumors about him disliking the Texas heat and there was that thing about Yankees fans spitting on his wife.  But he’s going to chase the money.  That’s what free agents do.

So, who’s ready to pay up?

Jose Reyes is hitless in 20 plate appearances to start the season

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Mets backup infielder Jose Reyes pinch-hit and popped up in the top of the eighth inning of Thursday night’s game in Atlanta against the Braves. That ran his streak up to 20 consecutive hitless plate appearances to start the 2018 season. He has reached base once, however, on a walk, so there’s that.

Reyes, 34, signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Mets near the end of January. At the time, the Mets hadn’t yet signed Todd Frazier, so Reyes was in the mix to contribute as a utilityman but he has operated as a bat off the bench for the most part this season.

One wonders how much longer the Mets are going to let Reyes flounder. According to FanGraphs, he has already been worth a half-win less than a replacement-level player. Only eight other players have been as bad or worse this season.