report today by George A. King III of the NY Post, the Yankees are not planning on increasing their 7-year offer to Cliff Lee.
"No," was Cashman's answer to whether or not the Yankees will increase the offer at some point. Cashman last spoke to Lee's agent on Thursday, and now like the rest of the baseball world, waits for "The Assassin" to announce his decision.
The Yankees, who are favored to win the Cliff Lee sweepstakes, are getting a run-for-their-money from the Texas Rangers. Owner Chuck Greenberg visited Lee again last Thursday at his home in Arkansas to present him with multiple offers. Yesterday, Rangers manager Ron Washington, said that his gut tells him Lee will return to Texas. Also yesterday, Yankees fans got a scare as a false rumor that Cliff Lee had indeed chosen Texas, began circulating on Twitter. It was quickly debunked and all has been quiet on the Lee front since.
Not sure if this is just Cashman using the media to give hope to Texas in case they decide to go to a 7th year for Lee, and then the Yankees swoop in at the last minute and increase their offer. I do believe though, that if the Yankees had to increase their offer, they wouldn't hesitate to do so.
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