In an effort to shore up their starting rotation, the Yankees today announced they acquired former Texas Ranger ace Cliff Lee.
Cliff Lee, one of the most dominant post-season pitchers in history, was expected to be a hotly pursued free agent this off-season. The Yankees surprised the rest of the league by being able ink Lee before the season ended. The move marks the first time a player has switched teams during a playoff series.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman says the move makes sense any way you look at it. “The beauty of this is, not only are we adding an ace to our staff, we’re taking one away from a team we’re playing in the playoffs. This is what being a great general manager is all about.”
Terms of this unprecedented deal were not disclosed, but it’s expected to make Cliff Lee the highest-paid pitcher in baseball. And the cash-strapped and recently bankrupted Texas Rangers are rumored to have received a record-breaking cash payment for releasing Lee.