Via MLB Trade Rumors:
“Word is” that the Yankees are currently willing to offer Cliff Lee about $115MM over five years. Cafardo says the Rangers are aiming to match whatever the bidding gets up to, while the Nationals are also still in the hunt. Earlier in the week, Nolan Ryan said he didn’t expect Texas to be able to outbid the Yanks for Lee.
That’s $23 million per year through 2015, a year when Lee will turn 38 years old.
It’s hard to express how dangerous this offer is. In 2015, the Yankees will be paying Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, C.C. Sabathia, and Cliff Lee a total of 89.5 million dollars. Lee will be 38, Rodriguez will be 40, Teixeira will be 36 and Sabathia will be 35. This is a recipe for disaster. And hell, Derek Jeter will probably still be demanding $25 million.
The Yankees are essentially sacrificing the middle part of this decade for a marginally better shot at making the playoffs in the early part of it. A huge portion of the Yankee payroll will be locked up in a few fond memories of once-great players. I don’t plan on dieing or become a Mets fan (Poll: Which is worse?) in the next five years, so I wholeheartedly oppose this deal.
The Yankees shouldn’t bet all their cards on one or two seasons. They have a strong farm system and massive budget that allows them to set up as perpetual contenders. That status is only endangered by stupid, short term decisions like this one.