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.