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Ryan expresses optimism on Lee

Posted on: December 7, 2010 7:10 pm
Edited on: December 7, 2010 7:24 pm
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Much of the buzz around the lobby at the Winter Meetings still has Cliff Lee likely headed to the Yankees.

Rangers president Nolan Ryan doesn't agree.

Ryan said Tuesday that he's increasingly optimistic that Lee will re-sign with the Rangers.

"I'd like to think that the longer the process goes, and the less news you hear about it, the more encouraged I am," Ryan said. "There's not any earthshaking news that has come out that concerns me. We don't have anything definitive by any means, but I think they have targeted one or two places, and I think they have a feel of where it's going."

The Nationals met with Lee's agent on Tuesday, and's Jon Heyman reported Tuesday night that Lee has two seven-year offers (with the suggestion that neither was from the Yankees or Rangers). But Ryan said he doubts Lee would go to a non-contending team, which probably leaves the Yankees and Rangers as the two possible destinations.

"He wants to be on a winner," Ryan said. "He wants to play with someone who is going to be competitive year-in, year-out. Obviously, that eliminates some organizations."

Despite his optimism, Ryan admitted that the Rangers have worked on backup plans, and he suggested that they would still prioritize starting pitching, probably in a trade (with Zack Greinke almost certainly the Plan B, and Matt Garza possibly the Plan C). Ryan basically ruled out any chance the Rangers would try to sign Carl Crawford, and came close to ruling out a run at Adrian Beltre, as well.

Ryan did admit that the Rangers have listened to trade offers for third baseman Michael Young, but it seems unlikely that Texas will move Young.

"People have asked," Ryan said.

Other people in the Rangers organization have expressed confidence this week that all things being equal, Lee prefers the Rangers over any other team.


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Since: Nov 16, 2010
Posted on: December 8, 2010 9:00 am

Ryan expresses optimism on Lee

The perfect fit for Lee is back in Texas. His family seemed to like it there from what was reported in the media. Washington is about 3 years away from being a serious contender and i think Lee wants to win now. New York has the money but the whole spitting thing is going to play into his decision more than people think.

Since: May 18, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2010 8:50 am

Also, they Yankees won an awful lot of titles

before free agency..... of course they did - They had a bigger advantage then because there was no draft AND they had the most money.  They spent tons of money on scouting and offered the most money to play for them.   They didn't "develop" all that talent.  They went out and found it and bought it with zero competition.  At least now a team like the Nats can get their hands on a Strasburg. In the day he would have been signed by the Yankees before he turned 16.

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