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.

Report: Mets close to a deal with Jose Bautista

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SNY’s Andy Martino reports that the Mets are close to a deal with free agent Jose Bautista. This doesn’t come as a surprise, as the Mets were rumored to be interested in him on Monday, a day after the Braves released him.

Bautista, 37, struggled to a .593 OPS in 40 plate appearances with the Braves. He’s coming off of his worst season as a regular, as he hit .203 in 157 games last year with the Blue Jays.

Bautista mostly played in the outfield for the Jays, but played third base for the Braves. The Mets need depth at both third base and in the outfield due to injuries to Todd Frazier, Yoenis Cespedes, and Juan Lagares.

It will be interesting to see who loses their roster spot to accomodate Bautista. I suggested earlier it should be Jose Reyes.