Bloody Sox wrote:Agree here, but my understanding was that the Yanks offered 7 years at $148 guaranteed but he took a 5 year deal for $120 guaranteed plus a 6th year that vests if he throws 400 IP over 2014/2015. That would bring the contract value to 6 years and $148 - basically he can earn the same money in one less year, at which time he can go get another deal at the age of 38 and make out in the long run. Sure, it's not guaranteed, but if plays out right he could make $10-20M more over the same period of time, and since he'd hit free agency a year earlier he could make out even better over the next 8-9 years.
Plus wasnt the concern over NY tax a factor to Lee (in addition to the Philly hospital rumors). I am not sure what PA state tax is like compared to the "athlete" tax in NY but he possibly could have had less in hand over the course of the NY deal in comparison if they both hit top level because of the taxes.
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