What Cliff Lee Left On The Table
When you talk about free agent negotiations, the team that is willing to offer the largest amount of guaranteed money will win that player — give or take a couple million.
But that's not what happened with Cliff Lee, who took a five-year deal reportedly worth $120 million.
Some people I spoke to last night thought it was worth closer to $100 million.
The Yankees offered as much as $148 million for a seven-year deal. Leaving $48 million on the table is absolutely unheard of. It has never happened.
So how much is $48 million? Let's put it in context.
- Only three golfers have earned more than that in their career (Tiger Woods, Vijah Singh, Phil Mickelson)
- Only one tennis player (Roger Federer) has ever earned more than that in a career
- Lee could have bought 9.6 million more Geno's cheesesteaksif he took the Yanks offer
- He could have purchased 549,136 tickets to Broadway shows
- He could bought 68,767 Remington 30-06 Semi-Automatic rifles for his deer hunting
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