The latest on Cliff Lee: skepticism of seven-year offers

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When last we considered Cliff Lee, we were hearing word that he had two seven-year offers on the table.  The guy reporting that was Jon Heyman.  Since then, many people have voiced their skepticism that there really are two seven-year offers out there. And not just guys like me who consider Heyman to be a fairly untrustworthy source of anonymous offer rumors.  Guys like Ken Davidoff and Joel Sherman — who tend to be more right more often about such matters — are doubting Heyman here.  Worth noting.

But even if the specific rumors of seven-year deals are questionable, there is no question that there are a lot of teams interested in him.  the Washington rumors won’t go away, and now people are saying that Anaheim may be talking to Lee’s agent as well.  Throw in the obvious suspects of New York and Texas, and a bidding war could erupt.

I just don’t believe it will be a bidding war in which seven year offers are thrown around.

Rays moving spring camp due to damage caused by hurricane

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Rays are relocating their spring base for 2023 due to extensive damage to team training facilities caused by Hurricane Ian.

The Rays have trained since 2009 in Port Charlotte, Florida, about 90 minutes south of St. Petersburg, and intend to explore several options before making a decision on where to hold spring training and play Grapefruit League games when camp opens.

The team and Charlotte County released a joint statement Thursday, saying damage to Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte can’t be repaired in time to host games this winter.

“Charlotte County supports the Rays efforts to secure alternative accommodations for 2023 spring training,” the statement said.

“We are all disappointed for the residents of Charlotte County and the fans there. The community is in the thoughts and hearts of the Rays, and the team will continue to support recovery efforts,” the statement added. “The Rays and Charlotte County intend to develop a restoration plan for Charlotte Sports Park in the coming weeks.”