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Rangers make offer to Lee

Posted on: December 9, 2010 9:20 pm
Edited on: December 10, 2010 11:19 am

Rangers owner Chuck Greenberg just called an unscheduled teleconference, leading to speculation a major announcement was forthcoming. Had the Rangers signed Lee? Were they giving up after hearing his latest demands? Twitter was atwitter with anticipation.

Turns out it was nothing. OK, not nothing, but nothing unexpected. Greenberg said, via Anthony Andro of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram , that the Rangers made an offer to Lee, and that Lee is "weighing options." Greenberg had traveled to Lee's Arkansas home Thursday to meet with the pitcher and agent Darek Braunecker. It's unknown whether this is the Rangers' first formal offer, but it's their first acknowledgement of one.

Greenberg would give no details about the length or terms of the offer, but said he was "optimistic." The Yankees are believed to have made Lee a seven-year offer earlier in the day.

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Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2010 1:21 pm

Rangers make offer to Lee

Cliff Lee can be one of a billion terrific Yankee players and maybe have an extra chance or two at World Series rings, or he could be the Greatest Pitcher in Rangers History (or certainly a strong second to Nolan Ryan) if he signs with the Rangers.  Yeah, I live in Dallas...not a lifelong Rangers fan or anything, I'm a transplant like everyone else in Dallas.  I'm just saying, his legacy as a Yankee is "one of a legion" and his legacy as a Ranger, he'd be an immortal.  If he could bring a WS ring to the Rangers?  Wow...

Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2010 1:12 pm

Rangers make offer to Lee

Hey Cory, Tim Wakefield sucks that's why you never hear about him in the news or media. How can you compare him to the likes of a Cliff Lee? He is a AAA pitcher at best. He has 1 good pitch and when he doesn't throw it right, most hitters hit it about 800 feet. Stick to cooking or poetry debate, that might be more your style.

Since: May 20, 2010
Posted on: December 10, 2010 1:03 pm
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Since: Sep 7, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2010 1:02 pm

Rangers make offer to Lee

Maybe he just doesn't want to worry about his wife being spit & cursed at???? Yeah, that's really classy there. Imagine what they will do if he has an off year & goes 9-17???? Only fans worse than Yankee fans are Philly fans, especially Iggles fans. And you wonder why, guess they are pi$$ed since they have never won ANYTHING!

Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2010 12:35 pm

Rangers make offer to Lee

I fully think I will be reading that he signs with Texas in the near future.  Sure, because of what the fRed Sucks have done this year the Yanks will throw the kitchen sink at him, but who ever signs him is in for at lest $100mil doesn't matter the number of years.  Let's be real, how can you NOT be satisfied with that?  Just how greedy are you?  Stay in Texas, be close to home, enjoy the playoffs, and get something that the $110mil contract won't give you, RESPECT FROM THE FANS!

Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2010 12:28 pm

Rangers make offer to Lee

We will see....If Lee goes to NY with all the money they are flying around then I would say he is just like any other player in major league sports right now...they go where the money is available to them. If he was such a stand up guy and wasn't the type to be bought then he would have signed back with Texas already....Now the question comes much did Texas offer to him and if it is more than NY and he does stay with Texas you can't just say he is a "stand up guy and can't be bought"....He inevitably went where the money was available to him. Ulitmately...these players..regardless of what sport they play..are cry babies...they cry and cry and cry until someone will give them what they want...ALA DEREK JETER!!

You want a stand up guy in baseball....Look at Tim Wakefield....Never once in the news about contracts or money or extensions...Has played the majority of his career in Boston and has never come up in trade rumors or signing somewhere else during free agency time...He has always been committed to Boston and their fans and organization. He may not be a markee player but that my friends is a true ball player

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: December 10, 2010 12:23 pm

Rangers make offer to Lee

As a Yankee fan, I'm still a little nervous about Lee and his age. Lets not forget, this guy was complete garbage for the Indians just a few years ago; gets sent to the minors in 07, discovers God or p**sy or something, and comes back as Cy Young   

Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: December 10, 2010 11:31 am

Rangers make offer to Lee

In light of the Rangers making a formal offer yesterday I have to wonder it must have been a very serious one due to the lack of news from the Lee camp.  Serious enough to make him think.  NY is a tough place to live and play..constant scrutiny, loud, vocal & demanding fans.  But as it goes in the song "if I can make it there, I can make it anywhere".  Living in a fishbowl may be too much for the Missus and the uncomplicated Lee day in & day out...Texas may be the place for him.  If NY is out of the question L.A. can't possibly figure in the equation at all...its really crazy in Southern Cal.  None the less, if winning & money are important to the Lee's and being a big fish in a big pond....start spreading the news!  This is about more than money.  Lee is not a tart to be bought and sold to the highest bidder...the guy is way too classy for that.  Bringing Lee to NY may add some class to what many people call a classless organization(opinions)...he adds even more class to the greatest baseball franchise ever.

Since: Sep 8, 2009
Posted on: December 10, 2010 11:17 am

Rangers make offer to Lee

Six or seven years is a big risk but for a contol pitcher like Lee it isnt as scary as it seems.  Maddux, Glavine, Hershiser all pitched well until age 39 and their style is much like Lee's.  Middle of the pack velocity with superior command and control.  Do what it takes, Nolan! You know as well as anyone how a great pitcher can last!

Since: Mar 12, 2009
Posted on: December 10, 2010 10:39 am

Rangers make offer to Lee

Lee will be 33 so for him to want 6 years and he is on his decline ( in years not performance) You will get perhaps a god 2 years, so for ny to blast out the wallet in DESPERATION of how the Red Sox moved in the winter meetings shows that thye have no confidence in who they have in their rotation.Hughes Burnett and Fat-Assia can be compared to Lackey Lester Buccholz and Beckket, both teams have a great 3 starting Pitcherswhile it is Not promised that either team will get to the playoffs or can lose at anytime in the playoffs, Lee has good #'s.why pay 175 million for one to two years of good pitching? 2004 saw both Boston and New York go for it all, and Game 7 showed that New York's choice of pitchers was low and behold, Burnt.Both teams have a good chance at the ALCS.. yet this year coming will be a Fun one to watch,Oh also Both Adrian and Crawford have good #'s vs. Lee

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