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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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Comments

Since: Jul 14, 2008
Posted on: December 1, 2010 3:19 pm
 

Rangers prepared to offer five years to Lee

you might want to stop being so ignorant but I guess that is impossible for you



Since: Jul 2, 2010
Posted on: December 1, 2010 3:16 pm
 

Rangers prepared to offer five years to Lee

[quote]actually I do belong to Mensa[/quote]...................................

..... AWESOME, lmao. You might want to take a grammar class and think of saving the yearly member fee.



Since: Jul 14, 2008
Posted on: December 1, 2010 3:15 pm
 

Rangers prepared to offer five years to Lee

you have no idea who I voted for.  But nice of you to make assumptions.




Since: Jul 14, 2008
Posted on: December 1, 2010 3:14 pm
 

Rangers prepared to offer five years to Lee

actually I do belong to Mensa



Since: Jul 2, 2010
Posted on: December 1, 2010 3:10 pm
 

Rangers prepared to offer five years to Lee

[quote]hey obongo sux get your head out of your behind my refeence was inresponse to candyjeff learn how to read everything rather than part of things nice job [/quote] Good job there mensa. Might want to enroll in some "English As A Second Language" courses to. Name calling and vitriol is par for the course from your type. In case you didn't notice, I was backing your premise, just not your neanderthal delivery.



Since: Jul 2, 2010
Posted on: December 1, 2010 3:04 pm
 

Rangers prepared to offer five years to Lee

I understand, KZ, but thats just the way the system is. Do what I do, stop patronizing it. If more people did, then the Evil Empire would be dissolved. I turned from baseball to motor-sports and find it exponentially more exciting and a level playing filed to boot. What endlessly amazes me is those people like Poker that claim to adore capitalism when it suits their fancy but everywhere else deplore it as the corporate boogyman/Haliburton/Bush evildom and voted for the current Loser In Chief. Can't have it both ways.



Since: Jul 14, 2008
Posted on: December 1, 2010 3:02 pm
 

Rangers prepared to offer five years to Lee

hey obongo sux    get your head out of your behind   my refeence was inresponse to candyjeff   learn how to read everything rather than part of things   nice job



Since: Dec 1, 2010
Posted on: December 1, 2010 3:02 pm
 

Rangers prepared to offer five years to Lee

Candyjeff you are correct in some aspects as the yankees do have more money to offer than most, but other owners are not crying to much and here is why.

They revenue share:   I live in the Tampa market very small market but our owner gets a big fat check every year because of what the yankees do in the NY market.

Another example our TV contract in tampa is $60 million for the next 4 years, thats $15 million a year. The yankees have there own network and there TV contract is 10 times that. Again though without putting a good team on the field no sponsors no money no revenue share.

The owners can choose to put there check back into the team or in most cases keep most of it. Without the yankees there are no checks.

Can they bid on every top end free agent like the yankees no, but just like people bitch for a salary cap there needs to be a salary bottom too.

Take the Marlins 2 world series tittles followed by dumping all there stars. Is that right?  Hell no but they took the money and ran.

Talking crap to each other does not fix whats right or wrong, its simple its a business like anything else and never forget that.

I am a huge yankees fan and realize players still have to play to win no matter what you pay them. The yankees have more finacial busts than any other team too, they are just able to weather better than most.

Why can't the Rangers pay Cliff Lee? He would be their staple but their owners have a budget just like any business to assure a certain profit for themselves.

Why can"t Tampa pay Carl Crawford?  same answer....



Since: May 10, 2007
Posted on: December 1, 2010 2:56 pm
 

Rangers prepared to offer five years to Lee

Same with the Steelers fans at away games all over the country, yet they are a small market team that is in a system that levels the playing field. The salary cap is one of the two reasons why the NFL is so successful and MLB tanked long ago. The other is because baseball is boring as hell. Yankees are the epitome of what is wrong with sports. If they were actually a quality team, throwing around that much money every year, they would have twice as many rings as they have now.



Since: Jul 2, 2010
Posted on: December 1, 2010 2:49 pm
 

Rangers prepared to offer five years to Lee

Hey pokerpro, nice job in pointing out how dumb you ghetto trogs are. Strip club/relative references are so-oooo inteligent. You are not helping the cause, brother.


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