Yankees not desperate or bitter after losing the Cliff Lee sweepstakes


A day after prized free agent pitcher Cliff Lee signed with the Philadelphia Phillies, the New York Yankees insists that they were not surprised. It’s been no secret that since the World Series ended Yankees GM Brian Cashman has been in close contact with Lee and hsi agent in trying to sign the 32 year-old lefty to a long terms contract. Despite the a ll out recruiting effort and being offered a seven year deal worth $148 million, Lee decided to sign with Philadelphia even though they were offering 48 million less. I’m not angry,” Cashman said. “He had to make a very tough, difficult personal decision and he’s made it now. So we’ll move forward. There’s time on the clock left and we’ll try to use that time wisely.” One source within the Yankees organization voiced his pleasure at seeing Lee leave for the National League where he won’t pitch against New York this year. That same source also believed that it was for the best that he didn’t sign as opposed to being a Yankee and not really wanting to be there. Another team source said that management might sweeten their offer to free agent pitcher Andy Pettitte who is still leaning towards retirement. “He’s at the point right now where he has to decide if he wants to play or not. He knows if he puts himself in play, we’d love to talk to him,” Cashman said. “I think the pull of the potential retirement is a little stronger than normal. It’s a very deep and personal decision for him. Andy’s been a great Yankee and I can’t tell you if he’s gonna pitch or not. He has not officially retired. He has not officially decided to play either. Another possibility that Cashman hasn’t ruled out is going after veteran Carl Pavano who went 17-11 last year. “I don’t think we would have been participating on any level in this free-agent market other than Cliff Lee,” he said. “There’s very few of those caliber players who become available so when they do, you have to stand up and pay attention if you have the means to do so.” Another possibility which has been kicked around by the brain trust is adding Zack Greinke who won only 10 games last year with the Kansas City Royals. Even though there are some glaring question marks with the pitching staff, Cashman has made it clear that no one is panicking at this present moment. “It’s not like we’re in a rush to do anything,” Cashman said. “We have a great team, we have a great situation. We have an ace in the rotation in CC Sabathia, we have a nice 23-year-old starter who won 18 games in Phil Hughes. We finished close to getting to the World Series this past year. We were world champs two years ago, and we intend to fight hard to get back there again. We’re in this thing to win it. We’re going to keep working at it. That’s all.”


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