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Rangers prepared to offer five years to Lee

Posted on: December 1, 2010 10:15 am
Edited on: December 1, 2010 11:02 am
 
Lee The Rangers are prepared to make an offer to keep star left-handed starter Cliff Lee, reports the New York Post .

The team is willing to go to five years to retain Lee, but it's not clear if five years will be in the original tender. Lee is thought to have a five- or six-year offer in hand from New York, and Texas believes New York will pay Lee $23 million a year.

The Rangers already know they can't top that average annual salary, but are hoping the absence of a state tax and proximity to his Arkansas home will be selling points. Club officials are split on whether Lee will return.

Texas has already prepared backup plans for Lee, although one of them likely dissipated when Jorge de la Rosa chose to return to Colorado. That may be why the Rangers want a resolution shortly, so other backup plans (Zack Greinke?) remain feasible.

-- Evan Brunell

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Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2010 4:29 pm
 

Rangers prepared to offer five years to Lee

LOL. The Miami Heat is the same as the Yankees? Sorry, not even close. First off the NBA has a salary cap. Second off, the Heat starts are clearly unselfish. Wade, LBJ, and Bosh took PAY CUTS to win. They, just like many of the players who put on a New England Patriots uniform went to an organization where money did not matter, only winning.

With the Yankees it has always been about money. You doubt it? Why not give Vazquez a second year to get comfortable in N.Y.? Why push out Clemens and Pettitte to Houston a few years back? Why is Jeter about to sign with the Giants? Why did Bernie Williams choose to retire instead of go to another team? Randy Johnson? Kevin Brown? Gary Sheffield? It has always been about money. The players are about MONEY and the Yankees operate like a desperate baby that wants everything that is greener on the other side. Oh Jeter is not as good as people say he is. Let's go get someone on the greener side of the field. HEY EDGAR RENTERIA LOOKS LIKE a 20mill a season type player. HAHA



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2010 4:24 pm
 

Rangers prepared to offer five years to Lee

The Rangers were the best team in the AL. On paper and in the field. Same with the Giants. On paper and in the field.



Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2010 2:18 pm
 

Rangers prepared to offer five years to Lee

Non Yankee fans can piss and moan all they want about how much the Yankees spend for players.  It all comes down to they want to win, and they spend to do it.  EVERY team in baseball can do that, no owner is going to keep a team that looses millions year in and year out.  ALl the owners are making money, but the Yankees put alot of that money back into the team.  I, being a big Yankees fan, think Lee would be stupid to not sign with the Rangers.  They are a younger team than the Yanks, it's closer to his home, they may not match the Yanks offer but they'll get close, and in Texas he'll be the cog of the team, in NY he'll fall behind Tex, ARod, Jeter, CC, Andy and so on.  Plus, and a BIG PLUS, as mentioned earlier, HE OWNS THE YANKEES.  Sign with the Rangers Cliff, from a Yankee fan!



Since: Feb 6, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2010 1:49 pm
 

Rangers prepared to offer five years to Lee

Sure but we all know that the Rangers will look to deal him come the trade deadline if they aren't in contention.



Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: December 1, 2010 11:36 pm
 

Rangers prepared to offer five years to Lee

To Magnum, I'ma Yankees fan and I agree with you.


Except for this, the Yanks are so rich that they can spend their way out of trouble.
It's not fair, but that's the way it is.



Since: Dec 1, 2010
Posted on: December 1, 2010 10:17 pm
 

Rangers prepared to offer five years to Lee

Pissonsox.....your team's 15 years of sacrificing the farm for 35 year olds is catching up. I don't care if there is a salary cap. 200 mil doesn't buy what it did 10 years ago when your core was 25-30. Your Farm is pretty bare. I believe Texas has a better future for one simple reason. Their core is 10 years younger than the Yankees. Plus, with their new TV Deal, they can afford to pay top dollar.I'm an objective Phillies fan who knows firsthand that an aging roster with inconsistent hitting isn't a recipe for WS success. I'm fearing the Phils have tried to emulate your Yanks with signing aging players past their expiration dates. It bit us this year as it did you.



Since: Dec 1, 2010
Posted on: December 1, 2010 10:16 pm
 

Rangers prepared to offer five years to Lee

lee chose to be traded to 3 tems in 2 years.  when the phillies had him they offered him a contract he decided he would rather have 25 mil a year for 5 years then 3 years and the phillies dont do 5 year deals with pitchers.  that is why they went and got holliday.  he will be a yankee cause no athlete in todays society of over paid players show any type of loyalty to anything except there bank accounts. 

p.s.  except for joe maur he gave the twins a hometown discount even though he makes a nice penny anyway and it almost makes me want to be a twins fan for it.



Since: Jan 30, 2008
Posted on: December 1, 2010 9:08 pm
 

Rangers prepared to offer five years to Lee

   Dont hate the playa, hate the game.  Im a Yanks fan, and I would be open to a salary cap, just not as low as some of you tools think it should be.  With a ridiculously low cap, then 6 owners in the league become billionares overnight, more than they are already.  All this, so KC, Pittsburgh, and other irrelevant teams can still not meet the cap???  Im sorry, thats not where I want our sport going. 

   Oh, and remember, the NFL has a cap ...sure.  But some teams dont spend all they can spend and are still irrelevant.  None of us would really oppose a responsible cap, but if you asked these greedy small market owners who put the luxury tax and then some in there own pockets, they would tell you with a cap they take a pay cut.  Capping successful businesses (in this case, teams) is not what we as a country thrive on, and the business that is MLD suffer worse than you say it is now.  And just remember...what the Yanks do is not illegal, its just frowned upon.  Like Mas*****ating on an airplane.



Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: December 1, 2010 8:56 pm
 

Rangers prepared to offer five years to Lee

I think Lee shouldn't go to the Yanks cuz he owns them when he plays them. Don't care where he goes, but Texas is the likely location if he does not go to the Yanks.



Since: Dec 1, 2010
Posted on: December 1, 2010 7:58 pm
 

Rangers prepared to offer five years to Lee

I believe the Yankees are no longer the ONLY option for players for reasons besides money. Their highest paid players are in their mid 30's and up with a bare farm system. They are certainly no longer a guaranteed World Series Appearance for Lee. Especially since the best team doesn't always win a Best of 5 or 7. Just the hottest for that week. I believe with him being from Arkansas and the bad experience his wife had in NY, he'll stay in Texas.


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