Good morning and welcome to the first business day of the real Hot Stove League. Although most MLB teams keep something at least resembling regular office hours during the offseason, everyone knows that transactions and discussions and negotiations happen around the clock.
The latest example? The Yankees reached out to Cliff Lee’s agent early Sunday to let him know that – surprise – the Yankees are interested in signing Lee. Unlike their pursuit of CC Sabathia, the Yankees didn’t make an outright offer; they said they’ll be getting back to Lee shortly with that after some more internal discussion.
I’m hoping to have a variety of posts this week (including, perhaps, a giveaway contest and a mailbag) and I’m going to try to start each day off with a prediction. For the format, I was thinking of an homage to the old board game “Clue,” which occupied many hours for my brothers and me when we were kids (“Colonel Mustard … in the Conservatory … with the lead pipe?”) and demands specificity with your assertions.
Thus, for today’s prediction, it’s not enough to just say the Yankees will sign Lee. I’ll say that the Yankees will sign Lee on Dec. 5, one day before the Winter Meetings begin … and give him a five-year contract worth $110 million. … They’ll then introduce him at a lavish press conference at Yankee Stadium a week later, where there will be plenty of barbecue.
What say you, readers? More years? Less money? Before Thanksgiving? After Christmas? And what will the main dish at the press conference be? New York Cheesecake, maybe? Or pancakes for the table? Are there any out there who think the Rangers or another team swoop in and steal the Yankee prize? Get on the record in the comments section and we’ll look back at this post later on to see who had the clearest crystal ball.