LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- If you were hoping for an imminent resolution to the Cliff Lee saga, you're not going to get it.
Darek Braunecker, the free agent left-hander's agent, left the Winter Meetings this afternoon with no deal in place for his client. The odds of a contract coming together before this event wraps up tomorrow seem remote at best.
Braunecker met with several clubs in person, including the Nationals twice, this week at the Disney Swan and Dolphin Resort. The Yankees, Rangers, Angels and perhaps another team or two spoke with Braunecker, who is seeking a mammoth contract for the 32-year-old hurler.
Despite several reports of at least one club offering Braunecker a seven-year deal -- and speculation the Nationals could be that club -- Nats executives have adamantly denied it. GM Mike Rizzo is seriously interested in Lee and will make (if he hasn't already) a competitive offer, but it won't be for seven years.