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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: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: December 1, 2010 12:13 pm
 

Rangers prepared to offer five years to Lee

Lee is awesome, but he is also 32.  Not sure I would pay $23 mil per year for 6 years because, if you are lucky he is a top pitcher for another 3, and medicore for the last three.  That type of bad contract would hamstring any team other than the Yanks.  IMO, what brought NY back the last year or two was spending some money on some players a little closer to their prime, such as Texiera and CC.  Lee would not be as bad the Randy Johnson or Kevin Brown deals, but I think those are terms you wind up regretting.



Since: May 24, 2009
Posted on: December 1, 2010 11:55 am
 

Rangers prepared to offer five years to Lee

God I'm glad my team does what it takes to put a winning product on the field, just like the redsox,tigers,angels,phillies and a few others...don't get me wrong buying some players does not mean you will win go ask the cubs,seattle,mets,dodgers ect. so you can't keep bringing up money WILL buy you a ring cause that theory is just stupid, if that were the case the cubs would have won a WS the last 20 years. Instead of hating on the Yankees hate on your owner if he's not doin what it takes to get your team a winner.



Since: Jun 1, 2007
Posted on: December 1, 2010 11:12 am
 

Rangers prepared to offer five years to Lee

this is too funny unless Lee stays for a home town discount the Yanks will out bid them and as in the case of CC even outbid themsleves if that's what it takes to get him.



Since: Oct 18, 2007
Posted on: December 1, 2010 11:08 am
 

Rangers prepared to offer five years to Lee

too funny AND might very well be true



Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: December 1, 2010 11:04 am
 

Rangers prepared to offer five years to Lee

The Yankees are prepared to offer 13 years and a minor leauge contract to his children.



Since: Oct 7, 2008
Posted on: December 1, 2010 11:02 am
 

Rangers prepared to offer five years to Lee

Couldnt agree more



Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: December 1, 2010 10:55 am
 

Rangers prepared to offer five years to Lee

Lee might do a Lebron and bolt to the Yanks, but I'm hoping he sticks around and works his contract around so he can bolt if the Rangers decide not to stay competitive.

One way or another, Cliff Lee is a very VERY rich man.  Kudos to him.

If it were easy, everyone would be doing it.

Peace-



Since: May 30, 2007
Posted on: December 1, 2010 10:54 am
 

Rangers prepared to offer five years to Lee

USE BIGGER FONT!




Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: December 1, 2010 10:51 am
 

Rangers prepared to offer five years to Lee

Have a funny feeling that Texas cannot sign Lee, he is headed for the Yankees. No matter what the Rangers offer, it will be topped by New York. If the Yankees can offer Jeter such a ludicrous price, the dollars for Lee are probably unlimited. I honestly believe that Texas are lucky in this. In Lee's whole career, he has had a couple of good years. I believe that he will be a huge bust once signing a huge cintract. The Yankees deserve this, not the Rangers. Greinke can probably produce a whole lot better than Lee, and solve the problem of filling the number one pitcher for Texas. The rest of their starters are pretty good anyway. Life in pro baseball is taking the players that the Yankees do not want, so I am sure that Texas is resigned to this matter.





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