Buyer beware on Cliff Lee

November, 10, 2010
11/10/10
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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.

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