Cliff Lee’s market price has been set.
That’s a lot of babies RT @JonHeymanCBS: cliff lee is being discussed but price tag is said to involve “1st born, & 2nd & 3rd born too”
— Jayson Werth’s Beard (@JWerthsBeard) July 29, 2013
Amaro is literally asking for three or four of a team’s best prospects – though as Craig Calceterra points out, without believing in the system that ranks them this could be hard. This price tag is apparently high enough to cross into that “comparisons to biblical babies” threshold, and people seem to be complying.
Everybody wants Cliff, but with 21 teams automatically out of the running due to his ‘I’m not playing for these crap-ass teams’ clause, the list already pretty low. Then, they have to be teams that require starting pitching, which, if you can believe it, not all of them are.
So there’s a list of – what, six or seven? – teams that probably want Cliff, but knew he’d be expensive, procrastinated about calling Ruben, worked up the nerve, dialed his number, got sent to voicemail, started leaving a voicemail, heard Ruben calling on the other line, rolled their eyes because he always does this, and then asked about Cliff and got the “three whole babies” price tag.
Ruben is digging in, deep, with his unwillingness to deal Utley either being another headline of the day.