2010 Fantasy Baseball News (December 14th): Cliff Lee Signs With Phillies

2010 MLB News

Lee lands back in Philadelphia with a big contract.

There’s been some major developments on the MLB Hot Stove of late, with the latest coming early Tuesday morning. Despite the fact that Spring Training doesn’t begin for another few months, FBS will continue to keep you updated with all the news and notes from around the MLB.

Read on for the latest news in MLB, including any fantasy baseball implications:

Cliff Lee, SP, Philadelphia Phillies

No, that’s not a typo.

After taking his sweet time in making a decision on his next team, Cliff Lee has decided to go back to where he was most comfortable–in Philadelphia. It was thought to be a two-team race between the Yankees and Rangers, but in the end it appears that neither stood a legitimate chance against the Fightin’ Phils. Lee signed a five-year deal with Philadelphia (with a sixth year vesting option) for $120 million. Despite the notion around baseball that the lefty would seek the most amount of years & money possible, it seems that he would rather be in a city where he’s familiar with the surroundings. It’s tough to blame him.

Russell Martin, C, New York Yankees

After the Dodgers decided to non-tender him, the Yankees were quick to act on the 27-year old Martin. With Jorge Posada sliding into a full-time DH role for the club, the Yanks were clearly not satisfied heading into the season with Fracisco Cervelli as the team’s number one option behind the dish. Although Martin had a down year last season and was limited to just 93 games because of a hip injury, the Bronx Bombers are hoping that he can bounce back in a loaded lineup and contribute in a big way.

Edgar Renteria, SS, Free Agent

The reigning World Series MVP is reportedly close to making his decision as to where he will next sign. According to various reports, Renteria is leaning toward re-upping with the Giants for around $1 million. While he obviously doesn’t have the skillset that he did during his tenure with Florida, Renteria’s ability to contribute in the clutch make him a welcome addition on any roster.

Zack Greinke, SP, Kansas City Royals

Greinke has been at the center of trade rumors everywhere despite the fact that he has half the league on his no-trade list. While it’s doubtful that Greinke will get moved prior to the beginning of the season, just about every team with a need at starting pitching will call to inquire about the former Cy Young winner, as he’s locked up for the next couple of seasons at a very reasonable salary. With the way the market is paying free agent pitchers these days, the Royals are wise to ask for a boatload in return for their most talented player. The Rangers, Blue Jays, Marlins, and Nationals have all shown the most interest thus far.

Matt Garza, SP, Tampa Bay Rays

Garza is the more likely candidate to be pitching in a new home next season. The Rays have already seen Carlos Pena and Carl Crawford leave via free agency, and Rafael Soriano is only a signature away from doing ther same. If the Cubs come knocking with a package that includes some top-level prospect like Andrew Cashner, it’s going to be tough for the Rays to say no. Additionally, the Nats are thought to be exploring a potential deal for Garza as well, and they’ve got a ton of minor league talent to make that happen.

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