Rangers Prepare To Bid Aggressively On Lee

The Rangers realize that it won't be easy or cheap to keep Cliff Lee in Texas, but they're prepared to spend big on the lefty once he hits free agency. Rangers owner Chuck Greenberg insists his club is not "going into it with a peashooter" and says he's prepared to bid against any other teams that covet Lee.

"We can't control what the Yankees or any other club chooses to offer," Greenberg told reporters, including Ed Price of AOL FanHouse. "We know that we're going to have to be aggressive financially. We're prepared to do that. But we've also got things to offer from a lifestyle standpoint."

Lee's Arkansas home isn't far from Arlington, and he recently told Jon Heyman of SI.com that he has enjoyed pitching for the Rangers. The feeling is mutual, especially now that Lee has dominated for three consecutive postseason starts. After Lee defeated the Yankees, Greenberg told Heyman he knows the left-hander is on the brink of a massive deal.

"He's going to make a tremendous amount of money," Greenberg said. "I hope he makes it with us." 

The longer the Rangers stay in the playoffs, the better their chances are of signing Lee, according to Greenberg. Interestingly enough, Heyman reports that the Rangers offered another lefty – Derek Holland – to the Mariners for Lee before they accepted a package based around Justin Smoak.


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4 years 10 months ago

it has been reported on numerous sources, that whoever bids the most will get lee… i doubt his home being in arkansas means a thing. the dude can buy a space ship in a couple months…

blurnandez
4 years 10 months ago

I think we’re all too cynical nowadays in thinking that a player will always follow the most money.

How do we know that Lee isn’t the kind of guy who values being closer to home on a team that he’s already comfortable with?

blurnandez
4 years 10 months ago

I think we’re all too cynical nowadays in thinking that a player will always follow the most money.

How do we know that Lee isn’t the kind of guy who values being closer to home on a team that he’s already comfortable with?

Hermie13
4 years 10 months ago

You may be right….but in Lee’s case, I think it’s all about the money. He’s pretty much been hinting at it for over a year now.

Lee is on the wrong side of 30 now. He needs a big deal now as it may be his last. This isn’t 28-year old, durable CC we’re talking about. Lee will be 37 or older when his next deal ends and has been injured 3 out of the last 5 years.

jb226
4 years 10 months ago

Well, okay, but he’s going to GET a big deal either way. The question is if he’s simply going to accept the biggest deal, in essence that he doesn’t care what team he plays for at all, or if the team making the offer, their location, their playoff chances, and other non-monetary factors matter to him. Or also if something like equal total value but more years is more attractive or less attractive to him.

I get the impression that the trades are wearing on Lee. Obviously, he has put himself in a position where whatever team he chooses can be his last team ever, but one still wonders if “stay with a team I’ve gotten acquainted with” has an appeal over “get acquainted with yet another team” if the money is similar.

4 years 10 months ago

wow, you’re obviously NOT a ranger fan. nothing wrong with that, but as a Ranger fan, i have been privy to continuous local coverage and interviews. I dont think he’s even remotely said “i’m going where the money is”. In fact it’s mostly been “i want to play for a winner” and “i want a no-trade clause”. Not to mention that Texas can offer 10% less than the Yankees or in California and it would equate to the same take home pay.

Hermie13
4 years 10 months ago

You may be right….but in Lee’s case, I think it’s all about the money. He’s pretty much been hinting at it for over a year now.

Lee is on the wrong side of 30 now. He needs a big deal now as it may be his last. This isn’t 28-year old, durable CC we’re talking about. Lee will be 37 or older when his next deal ends and has been injured 3 out of the last 5 years.

4 years 10 months ago

The Yanks are putting a smackdown on C.J. Wilson…

Yankeeboy11
4 years 10 months ago

Yea I dont think it matters that he’s from arkansas. He just wants to stop getting traded and top $$$$

Yankeeboy11
4 years 10 months ago

Yea I dont think it matters that he’s from arkansas. He just wants to stop getting traded and top $$$$

Sniderlover
4 years 10 months ago

Why do I feel we will be talking about Lee in a couple of years as one of the worst contracts in Baseball?

4 years 10 months ago

I kinda had that feeling a couple months ago when people started speculating on Lee. I think the Yanks can live without him though, they do have a farm, and young pitchers that can translate over, i think we should resign Pettitte tho.

4 years 10 months ago

I kinda had that feeling a couple months ago when people started speculating on Lee. I think the Yanks can live without him though, they do have a farm, and young pitchers that can translate over, i think we should resign Pettitte tho.

strikethree
4 years 10 months ago

Because more times than not, players under perform their contracts.

hoagiebuchanan
4 years 10 months ago

Yeah, maybe because there have been about two 100+ mil contracts that have/look like they’ve worked. IMO Jeter, and Cabrera.

4 years 10 months ago

Pujols and Manny worked out as well

Ferrariman
4 years 10 months ago

Both Pujols and Manny lived up to their 100+million dollar commitments. in Pujol’s case, he damn near doubled the investment.

Sniderlover
4 years 10 months ago

Don’t remember the age throughout Manny’s contract but they all had it when they were younger. How many 100+ mil contracts given to players ages of 30+ work out?

Sniderlover
4 years 10 months ago

Don’t remember the age throughout Manny’s contract but they all had it when they were younger. How many 100+ mil contracts given to players ages of 30+ work out?

Ferrariman
4 years 10 months ago

Both Pujols and Manny lived up to their 100+million dollar commitments. in Pujol’s case, he damn near doubled the investment.

hoagiebuchanan
4 years 10 months ago

Yeah, maybe because there have been about two 100+ mil contracts that have/look like they’ve worked. IMO Jeter, and Cabrera.

TapDancingTeddy
4 years 10 months ago

I agree with “strikethree.”

Most long-term player contracts outlast the value of the player. If you don’t sign a guy long term when he’s 27 or under, the last few years of a multi-year deal are usually painful.

start_wearing_purple
4 years 10 months ago

Lee’s checkered past has me questioning that too. But it is undeniable that he’s been one of the most formidable pitchers over the last 3 years and has started to amass what could be a potential legendary postseason record.

Sniderlover
4 years 10 months ago

Oh without a doubt but still, how wise would it be to offer some of these numbers I am seeing, like 23-25 mil a year? For 5 years? He is 31 years old, you certainly cannot expect him to continue this type of dominance as he ages.

start_wearing_purple
4 years 10 months ago

I don’t think a 5 year deal will be the one to worry about, rather the potential 7 year deal. A pitcher’s decline is expected to start around age 34-35, so after 2-3 years into his contract starts. However the decline will unlikely to be linear and more likely parabolic. In other words while the next few years might not exactly be his most stellar material, they’ll still be good.

So I’ll end this speech by saying… No clue. A 5 year contract wouldn’t give me too many issues. On the other hand a 7 year contract makes me think the last couple of years will make it look like an albatross.

4 years 10 months ago

Because if the Rangers sign him it will be history repeating itself… and they would have learned nothing from the Alex Rodriguez signing. As an Angels fan, I hope the Rangers break the bank to sign a player that only plays once every five days.

4 years 10 months ago

pure ignorance on your part John W. A-Rod was signed to a 10-year $252M deal by Tom Hicks, who is NOT a baseball guy, and has recently shown he cant run ANY sports team. He just had his coveted Liverpool Football Club sold out from underneath him. That’s why the Rangers had to go into bankruptcy to begin with.

Cliff Lee is looking more in the 5year $120M range, and while it’s close to the same per year, it’s no where near as long. Cliff Lee will be ADDING to the team that’s already in place here, while A-Rod was brought in to be THE star to build a team around.

Oh, and did i mention that during the 10year $252M deal, A-Rod was the MVP THREE, yes 3, times?

Sniderlover
4 years 10 months ago

Why do I feel we will be talking about Lee in a couple of years as one of the worst contracts in Baseball?

raullll
4 years 10 months ago

I don’t blame you, he is getting old but the thing is he relies on command.
I see him having at least 4 good years left, he could live with an 89 mph fastball, this year i saw him hit 95 mph once, and in the post season he hit 94 a few times, so once his command don’t fade ( which i think won’t happen) he will be goood.

raullll
4 years 10 months ago

I don’t blame you, he is getting old but the thing is he relies on command.
I see him having at least 4 good years left, he could live with an 89 mph fastball, this year i saw him hit 95 mph once, and in the post season he hit 94 a few times, so once his command don’t fade ( which i think won’t happen) he will be goood.

Ferrariman
4 years 10 months ago

i think Grienke makes more sense to the rangers than Lee. have Derrek Holland and some other pitchers be the centerpiece. It is a lost more cost efficient and not nearly as big of a commitment. Shoot, 2 years of Grienke could end up costing only a few million more than 1year of Lee. Your still giving up talent either way because Lee will cost draft picks(if they re-sign him, they miss out on 2 comp picks, if he walks, you gotta give up talent to get Grienke).

4 years 10 months ago

ummm, Lee is WITH the Rangers right now, you dont LOSE picks to a guy that becomes a free agent on your own team. but that being said, you’re kidding yourself if you think the Rangers dont want Grienke, cuz i’d LOVE to have him in my team’s rotation, but after the deals that were made this year, i think we need to stock up just a bit in our prospect department.

4 years 10 months ago

ummm, Lee is WITH the Rangers right now, you dont LOSE picks to a guy that becomes a free agent on your own team. but that being said, you’re kidding yourself if you think the Rangers dont want Grienke, cuz i’d LOVE to have him in my team’s rotation, but after the deals that were made this year, i think we need to stock up just a bit in our prospect department.

Ferrariman
4 years 10 months ago

i think Grienke makes more sense to the rangers than Lee. have Derrek Holland and some other pitchers be the centerpiece. It is a lost more cost efficient and not nearly as big of a commitment. Shoot, 2 years of Grienke could end up costing only a few million more than 1year of Lee. Your still giving up talent either way because Lee will cost draft picks(if they re-sign him, they miss out on 2 comp picks, if he walks, you gotta give up talent to get Grienke).

rzepczynski
4 years 10 months ago

i think lee will take the deal with the most years imo after playing on 4 teams in just over a year

rzepczynski
4 years 10 months ago

i think lee will take the deal with the most years imo after playing on 4 teams in just over a year

eponine
4 years 10 months ago

remember, lee was a diamond in the rough. until he joined the phillies, he was rarely talked about. just because a pitcher isn’t talked about e.g. greinke, it doesn’t mean he’s not as good as pitchers who are high profile like lee. lee’s only been pitching the past two years in the postseason and he’s being touted as one of the best postseason pitchers of all time. i bet if greinke joined a winning team with good defense, his stats and record would improve immensely.

HerbertAnchovy
4 years 10 months ago

I didn’t mean to “like” that. If I could only “un-like” it. That isn’t true at all. Are you forgetting that Lee went 22-2 and won the Cy Young in 2008 with The Indians?

For anyone that was actually paying attention to baseball, and not just the big market teams, Lee was most certainely talked about.

untdrum99
4 years 10 months ago

It’s kind of difficult to say that he was rarely talked about when he won the AL Cy Young Award while in Cleveland in 2008. He reached 14 wins 5 times in 6 years and had the incredible 22-3 season there in 2008 before going to Philadelphia the following year. Maybe I heard about him often because I live in the Midwest, but he was on the national radar as well.

As far as a pitcher’s record getting better on a better team, of course. But great pitchers find ways to win or at least keep their teams in the game. The Indians went exactly .500 at 81-81 while Lee had the 12th best winning percentage (88%) in baseball history.

untdrum99
4 years 10 months ago

It’s kind of difficult to say that he was rarely talked about when he won the AL Cy Young Award while in Cleveland in 2008. He reached 14 wins 5 times in 6 years and had the incredible 22-3 season there in 2008 before going to Philadelphia the following year. Maybe I heard about him often because I live in the Midwest, but he was on the national radar as well.

As far as a pitcher’s record getting better on a better team, of course. But great pitchers find ways to win or at least keep their teams in the game. The Indians went exactly .500 at 81-81 while Lee had the 12th best winning percentage (88%) in baseball history.

TheJoeSN
4 years 10 months ago

Cliff Lee won the Cy Yong the year before going to Philly. I don’t think he’s ever been “rarely talked about,” bur rather, people have doubted his ability to continue playing at a high level into his mid 30s – it’s why the Indians weren’t afraid to trade him, it’s why the Phillies traded him, and it’s why the Mariners only had a couple of teams in on the bidding at the trade deadline.

eponine
4 years 10 months ago

i mean he’s talked about much more now like every time he starts he makes espn. he became known as a great postseason pitcher just last yr. he didn’t make the cleveland playoff roster in 2007 three yrs ago and he was sent down to the minors earlier that season. he hasn’t exactly had this amazing reputation that he enjoys now.

TheJoeSN
4 years 10 months ago

Yes, I agree it is different now, but he was expected to produce before. He didn’t make the roster in 07 because of an injury, not necessarily b/c of skill.

eponine
4 years 10 months ago

i mean he’s talked about much more now like every time he starts he makes espn. he became known as a great postseason pitcher just last yr. he didn’t make the cleveland playoff roster in 2007 three yrs ago and he was sent down to the minors earlier that season. he hasn’t exactly had this amazing reputation that he enjoys now.

4 years 10 months ago

People ALWAYS question whether someone will be able to play into their mid 30s. Injuries happen. The Rangers chose who they thought was the better player in Joaquin Arias over Robinson Cano. Arias was never the same after an injury.
And no one can explain how Nolan Ryan managed to pitch into his mid 40s. And Ryan NEVER had Cliff Lee’s level of command. Compare Ryan’s 2.04K/BB to Lee’s 3.1K/BB. Will Lee make it to 37 while on the mound? only time will tell

TheJoeSN
4 years 10 months ago

ALWAYS is not true. The Phillies just signed Howard to a massive deal into his mid-30s. Sure, the media has speculated and questioned, but not the Phillies management. Cliff Lee stands out as a special case, because he won a Cy Young award, then was traded th next year. After leading that team (Phillies) in the postseason (with great individual numbers) he was traded again (to Seattle). After posting great numbers there, he was traded a 3rd time in about a year. How often do players with those kind of numbers get tossed around like an under-performing prospect?

4 years 10 months ago

People ALWAYS question whether someone will be able to play into their mid 30s. Injuries happen. The Rangers chose who they thought was the better player in Joaquin Arias over Robinson Cano. Arias was never the same after an injury.
And no one can explain how Nolan Ryan managed to pitch into his mid 40s. And Ryan NEVER had Cliff Lee’s level of command. Compare Ryan’s 2.04K/BB to Lee’s 3.1K/BB. Will Lee make it to 37 while on the mound? only time will tell

4 years 10 months ago

whatever they offer won’t be close to what the yankees do. the yanks are out for vengeance because the rangers “snaked” lee from them during the summer. they’re gonna pay top dollar for lee..and just because fans want their team to get better doesnt make you a bandwagon fan. that’s an incredible exaggeration.

4 years 10 months ago

whatever they offer won’t be close to what the yankees do. the yanks are out for vengeance because the rangers “snaked” lee from them during the summer. they’re gonna pay top dollar for lee..and just because fans want their team to get better doesnt make you a bandwagon fan. that’s an incredible exaggeration.

inkstainedscribe
4 years 10 months ago

Just remember, folks. No personal income tax in Texas. Should Lee choose to live in NYC, his city + state income tax would surpass 10%. I’m sure Greenberg and Ryan will remind him of that.

4 years 10 months ago

I can’t ever remember hearing of a free agent signing in one place or another because of the tax advantages.

That being said, he would be worth more from an endorsement perspective playing for a team with its own cable network in the biggest market in the country anyways so it is probably a moot point.

4 years 10 months ago

LeBron?

4 years 10 months ago

Derek Jeter’s “primary” home isn’t even in NYC, it’s in Florida. I don’t think this is a legitimate concern.

4 years 10 months ago

you dont pay taxes on what you make from where you live, but from where you get paid. Jeter gets paid in NY so he pays NY taxes. I’m sure Jeter has a place in NYC, and i’m sure that he pays as much to live there as it would cost to buy 5 houses elsewhere

4 years 10 months ago

you dont pay taxes on what you make from where you live, but from where you get paid. Jeter gets paid in NY so he pays NY taxes. I’m sure Jeter has a place in NYC, and i’m sure that he pays as much to live there as it would cost to buy 5 houses elsewhere

4 years 10 months ago

This is a Rangers post..but of sure enough the Yankees fans find a way to take over the comment section

YankeeBaseball
4 years 10 months ago

I’m sick of the Nick Johnsons, Austin Kearns, AJ Burnetts, Lance Berkmans….. CR@P! Even Arod’s deal was a ridiculous case of bidding against themselves… For the mind boggling amount of payroll Cashman has to work with, his moves have generally been horrendous! (I liked the Mussina and ZZ signings)

Enough of the silliness. Cashman, get me Cliff Lee and Adam Dunn (DH) or you’re fired !

4 years 10 months ago

As a die-hard, life long Yankees fan, I am very happy to say you wield absolutely no power when it comes to deciding on Cashman’s future. Why get Dunn? No need for a full time DH when a lot of our sluggers are aging and we may need that spot for Montero anyway, though I hope he can find a position.

Ferrariman
4 years 10 months ago

you,sir, are the reason yankee fans are perceived as such proverbial douches.

“Gemme THIS and BUY me THAT or I’l throw a hissy fit!!” just like a 6 year old

4 years 10 months ago

Hey man not all Yankee fans are like this…

Sniderlover
4 years 10 months ago

Not all. A lot of them are unfortunately. I believe you are a Yankee fan and I don’t see you acting like that which is good… but really, fans like that are annoying.

start_wearing_purple
4 years 10 months ago

And now you know why I go on the offensive when anyone starts calling all Red Sox fans idiots. I’ve met several yanks fans who claim to be huge fans but couldn’t name anyone on the team after Mariano and Jeter and I’ve known some who knew the entire history of the leave and just loved the poetry of the game. You’re always going to have that… the ones who love the game and fiercely love their team and the bandwagoners who will leave if the team goes bad.

Ferrariman
4 years 10 months ago

you,sir, are the reason yankee fans are perceived as such proverbial douches.

“Gemme THIS and BUY me THAT or I’l throw a hissy fit!!” just like a 6 year old

4 years 10 months ago

Go ride your bandwagon, man. I hate having to show up a fellow fan, but your bandwagon is ridiculous.

On another note, MOOSE was awsome.

YankeeBaseball
4 years 10 months ago

The last line was over the top on purpose.

The rest I meant. For the amount of $$$ he has to work with, Cashman’s moves have generally not been good.

YankeeBaseball
4 years 10 months ago

The last line was over the top on purpose.

The rest I meant. For the amount of $$$ he has to work with, Cashman’s moves have generally not been good.