For those of you who wanted Cliff Lee in pinstripes, yesterday wasn’t a total loss. Worse-case scenario would have been either Tampa Bay or Boston landing the lefty. Best-case scenio — non-New-York division — might honestly have been Texas.
The Rangers are are reportedly optimistic that they can sign Lee this winter, but for a team with significant financial and ownership issues, that might be a tough free agent move to make. They’ll have exclusive rights to early negotiations, but it’s not hard to picture Lee slipping through to the open market.
And if he’s on the open market…
“I don’t think we have to do much recruiting,” CC Sabathia said. “He knows what it’s like over here. I’ve talked to him a bunch about what it’s like in the clubhouse and being part of this team. Hopefully it works out.”
Sabathia spoke very highly of Lee. The two old Cleveland teammates talked three times during yesterday’s swirling trade rumors, and when Dave Eiland and Mike Harkey asked Sabathia about Lee, he gave a good report.
“I told them we got along great,” Sabathia said. “He was great in the clubhouse. He’s a good dude.”
Of course, Sabathia couldn’t help laughing at the reporters gathered around his locker for a second day in a row, asking questions that have nothing to do with Sabathia. First LeBron James, now this.
“Trades that ain’t happening and basketball players,” Sabathia said.
Associated Press photo of Lee during his brief press conference yesterday.