Yanks' pitch to Lee high one

Cliff Lee has the New York Yankees in a holding pattern.

General manager Brian Cashman made the left-hander an aggressive offer on Wednesday and won’t do much of anything else this offseason until hearing back from the former Seattle Mariners ace and his agent, Darek Braunecker, who packed up and left the winter meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., later in the day.

An industry source said the Yankees offered six years for about $140 million, which matched some of the pre-winter meetings predictions.

“Nothing’s changed,” Cashman said. “What we intended to go in with is the same number.”

Cashman said later: “We’ve made an offer that it’s not easy to be making, and I appreciate the fact the Steinbrenners are allowing us to make an offer to this degree. It’s a big commitment on behalf of the fanbase and we’ll see what happens.”

Going into the meetings the Rangers were thought to be the Yankees’ primary competition for Lee and that hasn’t changed, though the Yankees were the only team as of Wednesday night known to have made a formal offer.

“We’re willing to do certain things and there’s certain things we’re not willing to do,” Cashman said.

By all accounts, what the Yankees aren’t willing to do is to go beyond six years. Team officials were dubious about reports Wednesday saying there were two teams offering seven-year deals.

“Right now, we’re going to wait on Cliff,” Cashman said.


Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller has been moved from a hospital to hospice care.

The 92-year-old Feller, who was recently admitted to the Cleveland Clinic with pneumonia, has been transferred to a hospice in the Cleveland area, Bob DiBiasio, the team’s vice president of public relations confirmed.

Feller’s health has been in decline since he was diagnosed with leukemia in August.


The Chicago White Sox retained team captain Paul Konerko, agreeing to a $37.5 million, three-year contract with the four-time All-Star first baseman. This comes on the heels of slugger Adam Dunn signing with the team for four years and $56 million. Former Tampa Bay first baseman Carlos Peña signed a one-year, $10 million deal with the Chicago Cubs. Outfielder Jeff Francoeur reached agreement with the Kansas City Royals on a one-year contract for $2.5 million. The deal includes a mutual option for $4 million in 2012 and is subject to a physical. The Pittsburgh Pirates and outfielder Matt Diaz reached a preliminary agreement on a $4.25 million, two-year contract. Infielder Miguel Cairo has re-signed with the Cincinnati Reds, getting a $2 million deal for two seasons. Longtime Expos and Marlins play-by-play announcer Dave Van Horne has won the Hall of Fame’s Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in baseball broadcasting. He will be honored during induction ceremonies in Cooperstown, N.Y., on July 24.