Brian Cashman was in full “no comment” mode. He would admit to meeting this afternoon with Cliff Lee’s agent, Darek Braunecker, but he wouldn’t admit to making an offer for the left-handed free agent.
“I may have made an official offer,” he said. “I’m just deciding not to admit whether I have or haven’t. For some reason.”
Exactly 20 seconds went by.
“Yeah, we’ve made an offer,” Cashman said. “You guys have worn me out.”
Braunecker left Orlando today and went to Arkansas, where he’s scheduled to meet with Lee and Lee’s wife to discuss the situation as it stands. Cashman said Braunecker wanted to get all the offers on the table before discussing the situation with his client, and Cashman said he couldn’t argue with that strategy. Braunecker was just as thorough two years ago when negotiating the A.J. Burnett deal. The only difference then, Cashman said, was that Burnett became a bidding war between the Yankees and Braves. Cashman called Braunecker “direct and honest.”
Now the Yankees have to wait. Cashman said his offer was exactly what the Yankees always planned to offer. It was not affected by recent events, and it was not some sort of counter offer to a proposal from the Lee camp.
“If it takes time, so be it,” Cashman said. “He’s someone that’s worth waiting for.”