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Why Cliff Lee buyers ought to beware

The history of free agency is littered with starting pitchers who went bust

Updated: November 10, 2010, 2:08 PM ET
By Mark Simon | ESPNNewYork.com

If you were New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, on that plane to Arkansas to meet with Cliff Lee, how comfortable would you be with offering the ace left-hander a long-term contract?

Whatever you think your comfort level is, take it down a notch. Signing a free-agent pitcher to a lengthy deal is a risky proposition, with all sorts of causes for angst.

We say this based on precedent and come armed with the numbers to illustrate our point.

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