Hank Steinbrenner: It 'Behooves' Cliff Lee to Be a Yankee
For somebody of that stature, it would certainly behoove him to be a Yankee, which would probably be for the rest of his career," Steinbrenner, the Yankees' co-chairman, said during a telephone interview Friday with The Associated Press. "I think that would be a great move for him but, of course I'm prejudiced."
New York offered a six-year deal to the 32-year-old left-hander on Wednesday worth $137.5 million to $140 million, then increased it to seven years the following day after Boston reached a $142 million, seven-year deal with All-Star outfielder Carl Crawford.
Everything is progressing," Steinbrenner said. "We made the offer. It's a very good offer, and we certainly hopes he takes it. It's all up to him and his agent. We'll see what happens."