You didn't think I'd let a day go by without posting something about Cliff Lee. Did you? There isn't a lot to be said by myself or anyone else at this point, so I'll try to keep this brief.
- MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan reports that Rangers President Nolan Ryan is under the impression that Lee will have a decision as early as Monday. He's taking the weekend to consider all of the offers on the table.
- Yankees GM Brian Cashman told the New York Post that they're holding pat at 7 years $161M. Nothing will be added in terms of dollars or years. It's take it or leave it. This is a smart move by the Yankees. Why should they increase their bid when they know they have the best bid on the table?
- According to Buster Olney, an official within the Yankee organization thinks the team has a 50/50 shot to sign Lee.
- Jon Heyman tweets that there are "strong signs" that a third team is involved in the Cliff Lee sweepstakes. Could the Angels be making a run at Lee in hopes of salvaging a disappointing Hot Stove season? Perhaps it's the Nationals lurking with some sort of insane eight year deal? Or Perhaps Heyman is full of shit? All three are equally likely. We'll all have to wait to see how this all pans out.