Whispers: What's really up with Lee?

Twins could end up with starter, beating out high-profile suitors

December 08, 2010|By Phil Rogers

Apparently Darek Braunecker, Cliff Lee's agent, can find mystery teams as well as Scott Boras. There are media reports of two seven-year offers for Lee, but the Yankees, Rangers, Nationals and Angels all have indicated they will not go that long. The Twins covet Lee, so they could be flying under the radar. Carl Pavano, who earned $7 million last year, is a free agent; Joe Nathan and Michael Cuddyer (a combined $21.75 million in 2011) could come off the books after next season. … The Brewers traded for one strong starting pitcher in Shaun Marcum and now are pursuing the Rays' Matt Garza, who won 15 games and no-hit the Tigers. … Dodgers GM Ned Colletti was smart to get so much of his business done before the divorce ruling affecting ownership went against Frank McCourt. Appeals could complicate the team's flexibility in the foreseeable future, although Colletti remains hard at work trying to replace catcher Russell Martin and add depth in the outfield and bullpen. … Jim Thome is looking for a team willing to give him maximum at-bats. The A's could wind up as his best bet. … Lance Berkman, signed to be a corner outfielder for the Cardinals, was so eager to play the outfield that he tried to get Astros manager Brad Mills to move Carlos Lee to first base permanently last season. Mills says Lee and Brett Wallace will share first in spring training, with the onus on Wallace to force Lee back to left field. … There was brief talk about the Rangers listening to offers for Michael Young, possibly even paying some of his $16 million salary. The White Sox long have loved him. … Zack Greinke to the Blue Jays remains a viable scenario.

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