The Baltimore Sun is reporting the race for the next prized free agent, Carlos Lee, is down to three contenders: the Phillies, Baltimore Orioles and Houston Astros.
The Houston Chronicle's article hot of the Internet presses states an American League club (likely the O's) has floated a 5-year, $70-million dollar contract.
mlbtraderumors.com got into the act late Tuesday night, indicating that GM Pat Gillick may be realizing his pursuit of Lee is fruitless since, well, he is basically a higher paid Pat Burrell.
CNNSI.com's Jon Heyman also throws a few "woowzer" lines into the mix. One executive told Heyman, "Philly may blow everyone out of the water," in the chase for Lee's services.
Lee appears set on making up his mind by the end of the weekend, so stay tuned. As always, The Phanatic will provide you with up-to-date information on the Phillies' offseason activity.