Thirty seconds on the phone. That’s pretty much all it takes for Brian Cashman to give his update on the great Cliff Lee Watch of 2010.
“Dude, I got no idea,” he said. “In terms of when are they going to make a decision, when they do, the whole world will know.”
Cashman doesn’t seem flustered or impatient. A weekend has passed, not a month.
“Just like every other day,” he said. “I’ve got no word.”
• Cashman would not comment on the team’s reported interest in Russell Martin. Buster Olney continues to report that the Yankees are being aggressive in their pursuit, and he wouldn’t be surprised to hear of an agreement.
• Karl Ravech says the Rangers are making a push for Adrian Beltre, which Ravech takes as a sign Lee is leaning toward New York. I’m not as convinced. Don’t know yet what kind of splash that new ownership is going to make, or how much they’re willing to spend. It’s curious, no doubt, but it doesn’t significantly affect my opinion on the Lee decision.