December 9, 2010

Schadenfreude 104 (A Continuing Series)

Mark Feinsand and Bill Madden, Daily News:
The Yankees finally made an offer to Cliff Lee Wednesday in what was the first step of their master game plan.

That plan got blown to shreds late Wednesday night ...

In addition, the Rangers may be ready to do what it takes to keep Lee in Texas as team president Nolan Ryan suggested Wednesday night that the Rangers may be willing to offer the lefty a six-year deal ...

According to a source with knowledge of the team's thinking, the Yankees had hoped to bag both Lee and Crawford ... Upon learning of Crawford's signing, a Yankees official downplayed their interest in the left fielder.

"We were never really in on Crawford," the official insisted ...
Tyler Kepner, Times:
The Yankees never made him an offer, and may live to regret their decision. ...

The Crawford signing is the second megadeal by the Red Sox in the past week, coming days after their trade with the San Diego Padres for first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. ... [T]he Red Sox have seized the favorite's spot in baseball's toughest division. ...

Everything suggests that the balance of power in the division has shifted their way. ... [T]he Yankees really have no choice. They have to sign Lee. But even if they do, the Red Sox still look better.
Joel Sherman, Post:
Joe Girardi usually tells the media as little as possible and then follows that up with less. The Yankees manager would, in general, not confirm that the sun rose this morning. He treats the identity of his upcoming rotation like codes for atomic weapons. ...

So we can now remove any doubt and describe the Yankees’ condition when it comes to obtaining Cliff Lee as "desperate." And here is why: Because it was Girardi who yesterday offered the strongest public act of craving. ...

The Yankees have been adamant that they will not go the seventh year ...
John Harper, Daily News:
For a few hours Wednesday night it looked as if the Yankees had countered the Red Sox nicely, finally making their move on Cliff Lee as an expected answer to Adrian Gonzalez. ...

And suddenly the Yankees aren't just hoping they made a big enough offer for Lee Wednesday. They're praying.
Ken Davidoff, Newsday:
Well, there goes the phony Plan B, and it just gets better and better to be Cliff Lee this winter. ...

The Yankees ... truly like their outfield of Brett Gardner, Curtis Granderson and Nick Swisher. They didn't love Crawford. And as Hal Steinbrenner said Tuesday, "I'm a budget guy."
George A. King III, Post:
"I feel like Hannibal Lecter in a straitjacket waiting on this Cliff Lee thing," Brian Cashman said of his obsession with getting Lee.
Sherman, Post:
The Yankees have increased their offer to free-agent pitcher Cliff Lee to seven years. ...

So after insisting for weeks they would not climb above a six year offer for up to $150 million, the Yankees suddenly felt they had no choice. Boston had added two under-30, two-way stars to energize their fan base and electrify their roster. That pushed the Yankees.

But so did something else: They had no Plan B. ...

Thus, the Yankees did what they so often do: They threw money at their problem. They decided not to worry about $25 million in 2017. They decided not to worry that Lee will pitch until he is 39 years old on a seven-year contract.

4 comments:

redsock said...

SoSHer jacklamabe65:

The Yankee fans here in the NY metropolitan region are plodzing; as one of them said to me just now, "Throw out the statistics on this guy - he's a giant pain in the ass to play against. The proverbial thorn in one's side. And he treated you guys much worse than he treated us."

My MFY friend also said, "You guys outbid everyone for Adrian Gonzalez and Crawford; we outbid ourselves to sign a shortstop that everyone else would have offered five million for one year - with the provision that he moves to third or to the DH position."

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SoSHer Omar's Wacky Neighbor:

A typical email like several I've gotten today from MFY fan-dads here in town (north Jersey): "Yikes. Hey Cashman, how bout that 7th year now? Lee goes elsewhere, the Yanks have failed. Epically."

Ish said...

Let's Review...

Peter Abraham: “Source: The Red Sox have a seven-year, $142 million deal done with Carl Crawford.”

Peter Gammons: “QZTcnlp”

More Gammons: “llzzzsz”

redsock said...

Joe Lemire, SI:

"Lee's agent left the winter meetings Wednesday afternoon without a deal in place, meaning the late-night agreement between the Red Sox and Crawford eliminated the Yankees' Plan B before they even got an answer about Plan A."

redsock said...

Soxaholix:

Mike:
So we're not worried at all about the length of Crawfords contract at 7 years?

Doug:
7 years? Who the fuck cares about 7 years from now? I'm too busy making room on my DVD shelf for anothah World Series set.

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Mike:
You guys are going to have to excuse me — I need to go call my doctah about an erection lasting longah than 4 hours.

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