Buyer beware on Cliff Lee

If you were New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, on that plane to Arkansas to meet with Cliff Lee, how comfortable would you be with offering the ace left-hander a long-term contract?

Whatever you think your comfort level is, take it down a notch. Signing a free-agent pitcher to a lengthy deal is a risky proposition, with all sorts of causes for angst. We say this based on precedent and come armed with the numbers to illustrate our point.

ESPN Stats & Information has compiled a list of all of the free-agent signings since the 1990-91 offseason. In that span, there have been 52 instances in which a pitcher signed a contract of four years or more.

Check out how many of them lived up to the money they were given. Full story here.