Yankees’ GM Cashman, Lee To Meet Wednesday

NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has traveled to Arkansas to meet with free-agent pitcher Cliff Lee.

Cashman was invited Tuesday by Lee’s agent, Darek Brauneker, to meet with the 32-year-old left-hander and his wife, a person familiar with the arrangements told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the Yankees and Lee didn’t make any announcements.

Wednesday’s meeting was a “meet-and-greet” session, the person said, and an offer was not expected to be made until later.

In addition, Cashman, managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner and team president Randy Levine met in recent days with captain Derek Jeter and his agent, Casey Close, to start the process of negotiating a new contract, the person said.

The Yankees have identified Lee as the top free agent they would like to sign, in addition to retaining Jeter, Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte.

Texas would like to re-sign Lee, who was acquired in July and led the Rangers to their first World Series appearance.

Lee was 12-9 with a 3.18 ERA for the Mariners and Rangers, striking out 185 and walking 18 in 212 1-3 innings. He went 7-0 with a 1.26 ERA in his first eight career postseason starts before losing to San Francisco in Games 1 and 5 of the World Series.

Jeter completed a $189 million, 10-year contract and is expected to remain with the Yankees.


One Comment

  1. Bob Hroncich says:

    Typical Met fan responses. You guys would give your left nut to sign him. Let the Met management tell you once again that all will be right with what you have going into 2011. Another 75 wins season…

  2. Donna Marino Heathscott says:

    baseball is a failing product. look at the ratings. how about the attendance. a stand is being made every year. a cap is coming. its just a matter of time

  3. Donna Marino Heathscott says:

    the saints woudnt wave won the superbowl if there wasnt a salary cap. its whats fair. you wouldnt teach your kids to cheat steal and lye. would you? how about some morals in mlb

  4. jim says:

    the saints wouldnt have won the superbowl without a salary cap. its the right way to do things. you teach your kids not to cheat steal and lye right?

  5. jim says:

    the saints wouldnt be super bowl champs without a salary cap. its the right way to do things. you teach your kids not to cheat,steal and lye. right?

  6. dabooch says:

    Vazquez was let go for similar numbers that Lee put up 12-9 during the season. Lee is proving to be a loser in the post season, Cleveland, Philadelphia, and Texas, what is the intrigue with this guy? One thing for sure is his wife is a true Dodger…spittoons from the upper deck failed to hit the mark.

  7. stupid people says:

    People are placing blame on the wrong entity…its mlb that has to incorporate a salary cap, yankees make billions a year, and the only way they do that is by picking up the top free agents, so why would they stop??? Until a cap is in place, people who hate the yankees so much should just move from major league baseball and start focusing on another sport because nothing will change, and your arguments are just stupid, and I am not a yankees fan at all

  8. Nasty Canasta says:

    Typical Yankee-fan arrogance on display. Didn’t work out this year so let’s back up the armored truck and dump a pile of cash on the best pitchers and players out there. If that doesn’t work (see AJ Burnett and a thousand others), do it again and again and again. Wash, rinse, repeat. The irony is that the Blankees would field a damn good team every year without raiding and hijacking other teams’ best players year in and year out. But that is the smug, lazy man’s way to winning–stealing from everyone else. ENJOY ANOTHER NINE YEARS OF WORLD SERIES FUTILITY, CRYBABIES!! Poor little Yankees fans didn’t get their bottle this year. Go ahead, sign Lee, and watch them fall short again next year. Then sign the best players available in 2012 and do it again. Wash, rinse, repeat (except where it counts in the World Series). Enjoy the off-season, losers.

  9. K-F-A says:

    yankee’s prove why there needs to be a salary cap…competitive balance only works when temas have the same amount of money to spend and cap off at, so strategy on signing good players for the right price, not overpaying, and drafting well, creating champoinship teams…this would also stop the lower market owners from pocketing revenue sharing, cause there would be none….so not a yankees issue, an MLB issue..lets see if the yankees could win with a salary cap every 4 years or so??? Most likely not…

  10. Upyerz says:

    Wah wah wah….suck it up haters! You made the choice to root for a losing organization so deal with it! You live in and will die in a Yankee universe!

  11. scott kelley says:

    must not be yankee fans bottom line they put there money back into there product which other teams dont do its that simple ,they play by the rules of mlb sorry your teams dont care about who they field they know you’ll go anyway and laugh all the way to the bank and besides money dont win championships you still have to play the game so if the shoe was on the other foot you’d love it as a fan just saying

    1. Tom F says:

      Wake up people. I hate to tell you but this is no longer a pure sport anymore, and it hasn’t been for decades. This is a business. And in a business the only thing that counts is the bottom line. The Yankees invest and reinvest back into their business seeking a profit, like any other well run business. Billions spent on the major league franchise, player development, YES Network, Merchandising, Farm Systems..etc. This isn’t the early 1900’s anymore. Players don’t really play this game just for the love of the sport or to simply make ends meet. The players are product and they are paid millions for their perceived worth and services. At the end of the day, the franchise offers a forum for that product to perform and help generate cash that will add positive income to the bottom line and the success of the business. Say what you want about the Yankees. This franchise may not win the World Series every year but they put a competitive product on the field every year with a real chance to succeed. Over 100 years of baseball and the Yankees own 25% of the championships (1 every 4 years). Remember, we will live in a world where winning 1 championship every 30 years would be considered a nice accomplishment. The Yankees have recognized, embraced, transcended, and pioneered the next level of success of this world wide business and are reaping the fruits of their keen vision, insight and business knowledge. Stop hating, whining and blaming the Yankees for other franchises ineptitude, lack of foresight, and poor to mediocre success. Wake up and recognize that this sport has transformed into something much more. It’s a business. It is that simple.

  12. harry-o says:

    same old met fans crying about yanks

  13. howard says:


    1. Stuart Morrison says:

      The player has to accept, too. If that is the rules, why not try to get the best for the fans who pay a lot to see their team win. Build a franchise. Build an infrastructure and you can do what the Yanks do. Care about their fans…..and it is a business.

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