Cliff Lee decision coming Monday?

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A couple of updates here on Cliff Lee and his big free agent decision.

We know that the Yankees have offered the left-hander a seven-year deal worth around $161 million.  And we know that the Rangers have offered six guaranteed years with some kind of option for a seventh.  Now we’re just waiting for Lee to pick one.

Sadly, it may be another 24 hours or so before that pick is made.

According to MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan, Rangers president Nolan Ryan is under the impression that Lee is going to spend the entire weekend in thought and won’t announce which team he is signing with until Monday.

“I’ve run all my traps and don’t know anything,” Ryan said, “so we’ll just wait and see.”

Lee, 32, turned in a sparkling 3.18 ERA and 1.00 WHIP over 28 starts in 2010, racking up 185 strikeouts and only 18 walks along the way.  The average velocity on his fastball has risen steadily over the last five seasons.  In 2006 and 2007, he clocked in at 89.0 MPH.  In 2008, that saw a slight bump to 90.5 MPH.  Then in 2009 he averaged 91.1 MPH, and this past year he was at 91.3 MPH.

Yankees, Tigers make a minor trade

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A minor trade goes down as everyone in baseball front offices recovers from, um, doing very little at the Winter Meetings: the Yankees acquired outfielder Tyler Hill from the Tigers for cash considerations.

The Tigers had picked Hill from the Red Sox in the minor league portion of yesterday’s Rule 5 Draft, meaning that he was a Tiger for less than 24 hours. I hope he cherished those memories.

Hill, who will turn 23 in March, hit .254/.348/.312 with one home run and 27 stolen bases in 124 games this past season for the Sox’ High-A team in Salem, Virginia. He was a 19th round pick for the Red Sox in 2014.