My buddy Josh is a huge New York Yankees fan, and for the past week or so he’d been glowing about the Bronx Bombers bringing the dominating left hander into the fold.
It would be a classic Yankees move, their answer to the Boston Red Sox trading for Adrian Gonzalez and signing Carl Crawford.
We see what you did, they’d tell the Red Sox, but how do you think that left handed dominated lineup is Air Jordan 20s going to do against CC Sabathia, Lee and Andy Pettitte?
“I’m not even sure I’m OK with what we have to pay Lee,” Josh kept telling me. “But we’re the Yankees, so why should I care, right?”
So much for that.
Somewhere between accepting an obscene amount of money from the Yankees or re signing with the Texas Rangers Lee took a stunning detour and ended up Air Jordan 3 Retro in Philadelphia.
Actually he’s going back to Philadelphia.
Remember, Lee helped pitch the Phillies to the World Series in 2009, turning in a Sandy Koufax like postseason performance in which he went 4 0 with a 1.56 ERA.
But the Phillies decided they couldn’t afford Lee then a pending free agent after acquiring right handed ace Roy Halladay last winter, so they dealt him to Seattle, where he remained until the Mariners moved him to Texas at the trade deadline.
Lee was a huge part of the Rangers’ run to last season’s World Series, and all indications had him choosing between the Yankees’ money or remaining in Texas. Until the Phillies swooped in, that is and shocked all of baseball by handing him a five year, $120 million contract $50 million less than what the Yankees were offering.
In the process, Philadelphia added a dominating piece to an already fearsome pitching staff. Lee joins Halladay, Cole Hamels and Roy Oswalt to give the Phillies four aces in their five man rotation.
Meanwhile the Yankees are scratching Air Jordan 18s their head, dumbfounded Lee would leave that much money on the table to play in Philadelphia rather than NewYork.
It isn’t every day the Yankees are left holding the bag, but between Lee going to Philly and the Red Sox swooping up Crawford and Gonzalez the Bronx Bombers remain strangely out in the cold this winter.
Their big moves so far are re signing Derek Jeter and Jordan 3 Retro Mariano Rivera and signing former Dodgers All Star catcher Russell Martin.
That isn’t exactly a Yankees type offseason.
“(%^% it. We’ll just trade for (Kansas City ace) Zack Greinke now,” Josh texted back.
If you’re a Yankees fan, there is always a fallback plan, right?
On the other hand, imagine being a fan of the Angels right about now?
It was almost a given Crawford would end up in Anaheim, the Angels having money to spend and a glaring hole in left field to Air Jordan DMP use it on.
But when the Nationals momentarily lost their sanity and gave Jayson Werth a seven year, $126 million contract it all but eliminated the Angels from contention.
Sure enough, the Red Sox jumped in and signed Crawford for seven years and $142 million, a staggering figure the Angels couldn’t possibly compete with.
Both Werth and Crawford were good fits for Anaheim, providing some much needed muscle to a struggling offense.
But the Angels didn’t stand a chance with either, considering the extraordinary amount of money they received.
That means the Angels must get creative if they hope to make improvements, because right now about the only thing they have going for them is Lee is no longer in the American League west.
The problem with that is, the Rangers still have the money they earmarked for Lee and will likely spend a good chunk of it.