Cliff Lee’s agent, Darek Braunecker, made an early exit from the Winter Meetings on Wednesday afternoon after speaking with a range of different clubs about his client.
He did not leave empty-handed.
According to Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger, the Yankees made an official offer to the left-handed Lee on Wednesday and Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News suspects that it’s worth about $140 million over six years. That’s about $23.3 million per season.
The Rangers will probably counter within the next couple of days — maybe tomorrow — and other teams will have to decide if they’re willing to engage in a bidding war with the two front-running clubs.
Lee, 32, posted a sparkling 3.18 ERA and 1.00 WHIP over 28 starts in 2010, striking out 185 batters against just 18 walks. Like most free agents in his position, the Arkanas-born southpaw is probably going to chase the richest and lengthiest contract that he can find.
Sure, spring training games don’t count toward anything “real,” but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy Angels’ star pitcher/hitter Shohei Ohtani mowing down his first big league competitors.
On Saturday, Ohtani took the mound against the Brewers for his first official outing in an Angels uniform. After allowing a leadoff double to Jonathan Villar, the 23-year-old righty settled down and issued a three-pitch strikeout to Nate Orf, his first of the spring.
It wasn’t the cleanest inning for the right-hander: the Brewers plated their first run on a walk, wild pitch and subsequent throwing error by catcher Martin Maldonado. Ohtani didn’t let things unravel further, however, and induced a pop-up for the second out before catching Brett Phillips looking on a called strike three to end the inning.
While the two-way phenom only lasted another two batters (a Keon Broxton dinger finished him off in the second), he’s already started to look like a formidable presence on the mound. Time will tell whether he can deliver at the plate as well — rumor has it he could feature in the Angels’ lineup as soon as Monday.