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.
Yoenis Cespedes, who took a pitch off his hand last week, scaring the bejesus out of Mets fans, said today that he’s “100 percent ready” for the NLDS against the Dodgers.
He sat out Thursday and then went 2-for-7 with a double and a walk in the Mets’ remaining games. While he only had bruises on those fingers, pain and discomfort have, in the past affected guys who have been hit on the hands, messing with grip and power. Cesepdes saying that’s not an issue is a good thing.
Fresh off his season-ending pitching debut, Ichiro Suzuki has decided to re-sign with the Marlins for 2016.
Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that an official announcement will be made later today,
Suzuki was one of the worst players in baseball this season, hitting .229 with one homer and a .561 OPS in 153 games as a semi-regular for the Marlins at age 41. He hasn’t topped a .700 OPS since 2010, hitting a combined .268 with a .304 on-base percentage and .342 slugging percentage in 769 games during the past five seasons.
He’s also just 65 hits short of reaching 3,000 for his MLB career and presumably the Marlins like being involved in that upcoming milestone and having the well-liked future Hall of Famer in the clubhouse to keep him around in what will no doubt be a lesser role.