Around here, it’s hard to see the Cliff Lee signing as anything but a punch to the Yankees gut, but there’s another side to this story. What’s taking place in Philadelphia is impressive, and Jayson Stark did a nice job writing about the Lee signing from the Phillies side.
I appreciate any story that includes this quote: “Holy [colorful adjective] [colorful noun].”
Brian Cashman wasn’t quite as colorful in his Phillies assessment, but he made the key point.
“They have evolved into one of the more premier franchises, and that’s a credit to Dave Montgomery,” Cashman said during this afternoon’s conference call. “It’s an attractive place to play. It’s healthy competition, and it’s good for baseball.”
Not a lot of “mystery teams” end up with the top free agent on the market. The Phillies made it happen. Give credit where it’s due. It’s a heckuva signing.
A few other links:
• Cool post over at MLBTradeRumors about the lessons of the Lee signing.
• Even before Lee signed, Jack Curry was already reporting that the Yankees did not consider Zack Greinke to be a legitimate Plan B. I talked to quite a few Yankees officials today, and one of them suggested it’s more likely the team will mix and match a few different upgrades rather than try to find a Lee replacement.
• The A’s have finalized their Hideki Matsui signing. He’ll get one year and less than $6 million.
• Austin Kearns is on the Diamondbacks radar, according to Jon Paul Morosi. So is former Yankees outfielder Xavier Nady.
• Jerry Crasnick says the Rangers have discussed signing Chien-Ming Wang.
• The Mariners have signed Royce Ring to a minor league deal. When it rains it pours, huh?
• Former Yankees prospect Dioner Navarro has signed with the Dodgers.
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