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Cliff Lee to New York Yankees Good for Baseball

So we wake up this morning with the knowledge that LeBron James is going to the Miami Heat to join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. All throughout the US (except South Florida) the radio air waves are filled with talk that staking the deck with those three is un-fair.

And then comes the news that the Seattle Mariners may be on the verge of trading Cliff Lee to the Yankees for 20-year old catching prospect Jesus Montero, two additional prospects, two tickets to Disney and a jelly donut.

Well, well, well, once again it appears that the rich will get richer.....

For people complaining about the Yankees being able to get these players, they are barking up the wrong tree. The Yankees are playing by the rules, they constantly produce prospects that other teams want and generate the cash to retain these free agents-to-be once they get them.

Until, unless a salary cap / floor is put in place (don't expect it to be as the MLBPLU will never allow it), the Yankees and their dominance is here to stay. Get used to it.

The Big Bad Yankees

You might think the other teams in baseball hate the fact that the Yankees are always so good and have so many stars players, but the thought process among other team owners is actually to the contrary. When the Yankees come to town, the teams consistently draw extremely well and they make plenty of money off of everyone in their stadium wanting to see the big bad Yankees.

Besides, sports are better when there are teams to hate. I for one loved it when Notre Dame hit on hard times. The couldn't lose enough as far as I was concerned. When the Miami Heat comes to town, they will now have a bulls-eye on them and everyone will be at their best and out to knock them off. That's the way it is with the Yankees and it's not necessarily a bad thing. - Brian James

Brian is an independent sports journalist. Brian has been covering major professional sports for over 25 years.

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