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.
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