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Yankees GM "Willing To Get Serious" With Cliff Lee

The New York Yankees are about to make a formal offer to Cliff Lee on Tuesday night according to an ESPN New York report.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is apparently waiting on the OK from Lee’s agent, Darek Braunecker.

“I’m willing to get serious,” said Cashman, who once again was scheduled to talk with agent Darek Braunecker on Tuesday night.

Cashman said Braunecker is setting the pace of the negotiations so the Yankees must go step for step with him.

According to Jon Heyman, Cliff Lee has two seven-year offers currently on the table, neither of which are from the Rangers or the Yankees. Heyman says that neither team was going to offer seven years – and the Rangers have been reluctant to even offer six.

It is believed that the Yankees will offer Lee a six-year contract that could average over $25 million annually. Lee told his Rangers teammates over the weekend that if Texas would offer a guaranteed sixth year that he would return to Texas.

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