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Grounded Polo wrote:Do you expect Cliff Lee to get 19 million on the open market when he's 40? That's not chump change.
Neato Torpedo wrote:The original report was 5 years for $100 mil guaranteed and several news outlets didn't bother to correct themselves for like a day. It originally looked to most people like he left $38 million on the table.
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.
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