UPDATE: Clarification made.
Well, that was fun while it lasted. Earlier today, there was some buzz that the Washington Nationals would make a "huge" move to sign top free-agent pitcher Cliff Lee. There were reports that they would be wiling to give Lee a seven-year contract. But as of right now, it looks like those reports were unfounded.
Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post talked to two Nationals sources who vehemently shot down the reports that Lee would get a seven-year contract.
"Not happening," one Nationals source said.
"Zero chance," said another.
Lee's agent did meet with Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo yesterday, but Rizzo didn't offer any sort of contract, according to Kilgore. Honestly, it looks like the Lee buzz was coming from other teams speculating about the Nationals' intentions, rather than straight from the Nationals themselves.
It's too early to rule anything out, especially because the Nationals have made it very, very clear that they want to make more big splashes at the MLB Winter Meetings. As of right now, though, it's probably okay to cool it on the Cliff Lee talk, seeing as it'll likely take a seven-year contract to pry him away.