What does it all mean? Yesterday was a rather quiet day on the "Cliff Lee Front." All current information points to the Rangers presenting Lee with a plethora of options regarding a contract. Some are ever reporting an option that will guarantee Lee 6 years and an option for a 7th year. However, it has been noted that the Yankees have exceeded the Rangers in the money aspect, and by more than a little. Lee's largest option on the table is 7 years worth $161 million. That offer is from the Yankees.
If it were all about money for Lee, as some have insinuated, then he would be signed already. This is a no-brainer for someone who is simply looking for a pay day. Lee is taking a long amount of time deciding where he would like to pitch. Some are even saying that the longer Lee takes to decide, the better chance Texas has at landing the ace. The New York Times reports that Lee feels a pull towards pitching in Texas but will most likely take the large contract offered by the Yankees.
The pull seems to be the close proximity to Lee's home town of Little Rock, Arkansas, which is just a short 4 1/2 hour drive from the ball park. However, Amber Sabathia (wife of Yankee ace C.C. Sabathia) has been doing her part in trying to get Lee and his family to sign to New York. She has been telling Lee's wife, Kristen, that her house is waiting for her just down the street from the Sabathia home. She is not joking either.
Hopefully more to report on this topic in coming hours.