By Sam Bush
One of the best-wired baseball writers in the country is of the opinion that former Phillies hurler Cliff Lee, who hasn’t thrown as pitch in anger in almost two years because of elbow issues, would be a gamble worth taking for the New York Yankees:
From The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo:
Cliff Lee, LHP, free agent — While there’s been a great deal of inquiry, some teams say they haven’t been able to get a good read on Lee’s readiness. Is he ready to join a team right away or is he eyeing a midseason return after elbow issues wiped out his 2015 season?
According to an official from an NL team, Lee wants to sign with a strong contender. An AL official said he knew very little about Lee’s offseason program and progress. Another NL official thought Lee was asking for a high base salary.
If the 37-year-old lefty is progressing well, he would be a good gamble for teams like the Royals, Astros, Rangers, Orioles, Pirates, Yankees, or Blue Jays.