Note: New post up on the actual SIGNING OF CLIFF LEE!!
Jayson Stark hinted at it today.
Cliff Lee back in Philadelphia.
It’s a long shot, a very, very long shot – but according to Ken Rosenthal, it’s a possibility.
The Phillies are still bidding for free-agent left-hander Cliff Lee, according to a source with direct knowledge of the negotiations.
The extent of the Phillies’ involvement is not known, but as of 6:30 p.m. ET Monday, the source described them as “not out.”
Could the delay in Lee making a decision mean that he is waiting to see if the Phillies can shed payroll? Have the Phillies stayed in the dark because they don’t want other teams to know their motives for trading some players? CAN the Phillies shed some salary (Ibanez, Lidge, Blanton….Oswalt?….Howard?) and get a deal done? Would Lee actually accept a shorter deal to play in Philly like Halladay did?
I put the chances of this happening at 5%. It appears that the Yankees and Rangers have made their final offers and people were starting to wonder why Lee hadn’t signed anywhere. Perhaps this is why.
But 5% is better than 0%.
Commence refreshing Twitter for the next 24 hours.