Quote of the Day: the New York Yankees didn’t want Cliff Lee anyway. Right.

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This comes from an anonymous New York Yankee official quoted by the Daily News’ Mark Feinsand in the wake of the Cliff Lee deal:

“Anybody who would leave $50M on the table obviously doesn’t want to pitch in New York. Thank God we found out in time.”

That might be the most ridiculous quote I’ve heard in some time. What, only those players who would take top dollar want to pitch in New York? No one wants to go there for their own reasons?  And “found out in time?”  What does that mean?  Is the implication that Lee has some character defect that would have made him a problem in New York and that the Yankees were only saved by the grace of Lee’s skewed value system?  Hey Mr. Yankee: if he had a problem, you should have figured that out before you offered him all that scratch.

There will be spin, counterspin, rationalizations and ultimately reason coming out of all of this in the coming days.  We’re not getting a ton of it tonight, however.

Will Middlebrooks carted off field with left ankle injury

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Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.

Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.

The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.