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Cliff Lee's new five-year, $120 million contract with the Phillies also contains a sixth year option worth $27.5 million.
So he really didn't leave that much money on the table, assuming he can get this newly revealed option to vest. Lee will need to pitch either 200 innings in 2015 or 400 total innings over the course of the 2014 and 2015 seasons. The option for 2016 also includes a $12.5 million buyout.
Snakes Gould wrote:Grounded Polo wrote:omg if this gets fully confirmed everywhere tomorrow, I'm done with baseball.
Doc, Lee, Hamels, AND Oswalt? It's over, OVER. This is worse than the Heat.
what a great birthday present.
bigh0rt wrote:BitterDodgerFan wrote:what are the vegas odds for phillies to win the WS?
Yankees are 6/1, Red Sox are 5/1, and nobody else is really close.
Kim Bhasin wrote:Pirates 150/1.
Matthias wrote:mweir145 wrote:Haha, what are the Yankees going to do now? Trade all of their prospects for Greinke, I hope.
And how did the Phillies get both Lee and Halladay to take massive pay cuts over the last two years to sign with them?
Doesn't sound like he did.
Current report is 5 years / $115MM. Yankees offered 6 years / $132MM and the Rangers 6 years $120MM and each had some optional 7th year. The Phillies also have some sort of option 6th year. So he could earn more over the 6 years of the deal than he would have with either of the other offers; the only question is if he signs another deal after this one to equal the total value.
thedude wrote:First, it's not cheating. But you realize the Phillies accquired Halladay the same way as the Red Sox acquired Beckett and Gonzalez: by giving a small market team prospects for a player that small market could not afford to keep in free agency.
Skin Blues wrote:The Jays traded Halladay because he wanted to be on a contender, not because we couldn't afford him. Toronto gladly would have kept him if he wanted to stay. Halladay was pretty angry (as angry as a guy like him gets) that he wasn't dealt at the deadline in 2009, which is part of the reason JP Ricciardi was given the boot when he was.
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