AP file photoIn the wake of mega deals given to outfielders cheap Jays jerseyson Werth jersey and Carl Crawford, free agent pitcher Cliff Lee is about to become a very, very rich man.
The Washington Nationals jerseys, who despite their perennial position at the bottom of the NL East do have the richest owner in all of baseball, ponied up $126 million for free agent right fielder cheap Jays jerseyson Werth jersey, effectively locking him up for seven seasons.
The New York Yankees jerseys, to no one’s surprise, reached a two year, $30 million contract with closer Mariano Rivera and a short while later, settled on a three year, $51 million contract with shortstop Derek Jeter that contains an $8 million player option for a fourth year.
The Detroit Tigers jerseys landed catcher cheap Victor Martinez jersey’s services for the next four years with a resonable $50 million deal, but then coughed up $16.5 million for the services of relief pitcher cheap Joaquin cheap jerseys Benoit jersey for the next three seasons. Benoit will not be the closer, but rather will be No. 3 in the Tigers jerseys bullpen hierarchy, behind both Jose Valverde and Ryan Perry, according to coach Jim Leyland.
The Colorado Rockies jerseys kept it in house with shortstop cheap Troy Tulowitzki jersey, extending his contract for seven years by adding $134 million to it, and resigning left handed starter cheap Jorge De La Rosa jersey with a two year, $21.5 million contract. And there is also talk that they will offer outfielder cheap Carlos Gonzalez jersey to re up with the club for six or seven years at $100 million plus.
The Chicago White Sox jerseys invested wisely, anchoring the heart of their lineup by locking up both designated hitter Adam Dunn (four years, $56 million) and first baseman Paul Konerko (three years, $37.5 million) with more palatable, yet still sizable, deals.
In this market, even a guy who batted .196 last season Carlos Pena landed a one year, $10 million contract with the Chicago Cubs jerseys and a guy who had a 5.32 ERA Javier Vazquez inked a one year, $7 million deal with the Florida Marlins jerseys.
And those signings aren’t even close to matching what the Boston Red Sox jerseys have done.
The boys from Beantown , who is in the final year of his current contract and will make just $5.5 million this season.
Everyone knew the Sox were working on a contract extension with Gonzalez, reportedly worth $154 million over the next seven years, but couldn’t finalize it before Sunday. They will have to hold off announcing the deal until April for luxury tax purposes.
So it came as a bit of a shock when Boston announced Wednesday night that it had agreed on a seven year, $142 million contract with left fielder Carl Crawford, who many thought was eventually headed to either the Yankees jerseys or the Los Angeles Angels jerseys of Anaheim.
That means the Sox, who promote fiscal restraint and oftentimes sneer at the free spending ways of the rival Bronx Bombers, have effectively committed $296 million to just two players in the course of a week.
And it also means that Cliff Lee might as well be given a blank check from the Yankees jerseys.
Now the sole focus of New York’s free agent chase, the dominant left hander, who is also being sought after by the Texas Rangers jerseys and others, was offered a six year, $140 million deal by the general manager Brian Cashman Wednesday afternoon.
Then Crawford signed in the evening.
So, according to reports, the Yankees jerseys called up Lee’s representatives and tacked on a seventh year for good measure.
It is unclear if any other team is willing to offer up a contract as lucrative or as long for the 32 year old southpaw, but it appears very clear that if this turns into a bidding war, the Yankees jerseys are willing to break the bank.