The Yankees made their first offer to Cliff Lee on Wednesday. The Rangers flew to Arkansas to make their offer on Thursday. When I checked with Brian Cashman on Friday night, he literally told me to “enjoy the night.” There would be no news to report.
It’s the same story today. Lee has been meticulous in this process, making what is surely the biggest decision of his career.
Everyone else is left waiting. Many of them waiting anxiously.
At the end of another one of those slow days of waiting, here are a few notes and links from around baseball.
• You might want to look away, but my friend Ben Shpigel did a nice job looking back at the last time the Yankees targeted a premier starting pitcher with incredible control and missed out.
• Great stuff from the Boston Herald outlining the way the Carl Crawford deal came together for Boston.
• Speaking of Crawford, Thomas Boswell makes the case that Crawford’s talent is wasted in Fenway Park.
• Plucked from the Yankees, Rule 5 pick Lance Pendleton will have a chance to win a rotation spot with the Astros.
• The Tigers are planning to move Phil Coke back into the rotation. He was a starter through most of his minor league career, but things never really took off for him until he moved to the bullpen.