Rangers Met With Cliff Lee Yesterday

Rangers executives Chuck Greenberg, Nolan Ryan, and Jon Daniels flew to Little Rock, Arkansas yesterday and met with free agent lefty Cliff Lee for about two hours, reports Anthony Andro of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.  Yankees GM Brian Cashman made the same trip by himself on Wednesday of last week.

Last we heard, Lee's agent Darek Braunecker was leaning against making the trip to Orlando for the GM Meetings.  Braunecker told ESPN's Andrew Marchand "there has been significant interest from a multitude of teams," and he doesn't feel it's necessary for Lee to visit various cities.

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  1. for two hours not “four two hours” gesh

    • moonraker45 5 years ago

      oh be quiet as, as if you’ve never made a mistake, geeze

  2. Wait…Second.

  3. The Rangers Front Office and the Yankees front office should make some Cliff Notes on how much Lee way they have with signing this guy.

  4. By all means, I hope he’ll be a Yankee by opening day, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he ends up in Texas, “If you can beat em, why join em?” I really think the Cashman should look hard into his backup plan for Lee. But who is it? The rotation going into 2011, is CC,Burnout, Pettitte, Hughes, ? That’s if Pettitte stays. I think the Yankees need Lee more than Lee needs the Yankees.

  5. fishfan4life 5 years ago

    Nothing new here…

  6. It makes me shudder every time I think about my second round rejection as a copy editor for this site. The editing has gotten very, very bad recently. It seems like there are errors in every article.

    On topic, come on Rangers, spite the Yankees and sign Cliff.

    • Yes, one extra letter was on the website for 30 seconds. It’s terrible. In reality, our copy-editing is fantastic these days and readers are not able to catch errors before we do 90% of the time. I think most readers would rather have the story up instantly, and deal with the one erroneous letter for 30 seconds.

    • 0bsessions 5 years ago

      When you’re running a blog whose main appeal is getting rumors consolidated in one place and being among the first to do it, you hit “post” first and give it a proof read later. I love proper grammar as much as the next pompous typo nut, but I can wait an extra five minutes to get it when it means seeing the info I want in a timely manner.

    • elclashcombo 5 years ago

      At the end of the day I just want the rumors/news/updates. Typos and grammar errors always get corrected within minutes. Besides, Ive seen worse journalistic mistakes on mainstream sites that go unchecked for days.

  7. Cue the Yankee fans.

  8. I would be surprised if any team made a serious play for Lee other than the Rangers or Yankees

  9. elclashcombo 5 years ago

    For once, I would like to see another team besides the New York or Boston “buy” another high profile player…..and Im a Red Sox fan.

    • It’s either going to be the Yankees or Rangers… Blank Check vs. Solid young team

  10. unnamedsource 5 years ago

    My contacts say Lee signs with the Nippon Ham Fighters. Sure it’s far from his home in Arkansas, but think how much that jersey would be worth in a few years!

  11. Speaking as a Yankees fan, I would love Cliff Lee, but not at any price.

    That being said, speaking as a baseball fan in general, can we all cut the crap that goes on here every single time the Yanks are interested in someone? Honestly, we have some Yankees fans that make no sense half the time (suggesting the Yanks give people blank checks or make ridiculous trades), and then we have some ignorant fans who hate the yankees just cause they have money and invest it in their team (unlike their team’s management). Honestly, the back and force bickering of “We are the Yanks, we can do what we want”, or “Yanks fans are all idiots, I hope this guy signs with another team to screw the Yankees plans”…shut the heck up already!

    We dont know where anyone is going yet, we can not read the minds of ANY baseball player. The players will sign with what team they feel will benefit them the most. Some cases its a chance for a Championship, some its money, some its family. But until we see a report saying “Cliff Lee has signed with…”, cut all the BS ok? Those of you who do it make yourselves sound like idiots who know nothing about baseball or its players.

    • moonraker45 5 years ago

      Yankees buy championships

    • Slopeboy 5 years ago

      You sound like a little wussy-boy. If you’re going to whine about all the abuse you take as a Yankees fan, turn in your pinstripes! Some of the crap that’s written is just that, crap. Other times our Yankees brethren post absolute stupidity that brings out the haters with their vitrolic zeal, get used to it. Remember, if you’re going to root for the best, you’re going to have expect that everyone is going to shoot at you all the time.

  12. InvalidUserID 5 years ago

    Whats funny is that if the title said “Yankees Met With Cliff Lee Yesterday” there would be hundreds of posts, not > 40.

    And half of them would be crying bloody murder.

  13. Y doesn’t cliff just sign with the Yankees already I’m getting sick of it!

    • LifeLongYankeeFan 5 years ago

      Cliff is that you? Yes he’s coming to the Yankees! lmao.

    • LifeLongYankeeFan 5 years ago

      Cliff is that you? Yes he’s coming to the Yankees! lmao.

  14. Now, i know its crazy, but cliff is one of those i hate the yankees people, and just wants a comparable offers from the rangers…
    i mean some people honestly look at 120 vs 115 and say there isnt really a difference

    • New York City has a 3.5% tax rate if Cliff Lee stays in the city. New York state has a 6.5% tax rate. The standard of living of NYC is probably twice that of DFW. Both tax rates would make a Yankee offer of $120M = $108M from the Rangers

      • Slopeboy 5 years ago

        Go back to your calculator, Cliff Lee will live in New Jersey if he signs with the Yankees. There is no state income tax there.

        • … a calculator will still tell you that 3.5% + 6.5% still equals 10% no matter where you live. 10% of 120M is 12M no matter where you live, and 120M – 12M = 108M. however, you are DEAD wrong. you pay state income tax based on where you work, not where you live. even if he lives in New Jersey, he will still have to pay 6.5% NY state tax. He will, though, not have to pay the 3.5% city income tax if he does not live in the city. so 120M – 6.5% = 112.2MLet’s do a little better than this. If the Yankees offer him a $120M contract, he will pay ~$42M in federal income tax and $7.8M in state income tax, leaving him with $70.2M. This would be for a 5 year deal starting at $24M with a take home effectively of just over $14M per year.If the Rangers offer him a $115M contract, his federal income tax would be ~$40M, leaving him with $75M for an effective take home pay of $15M per year.These numbers are based on Taylor’s post, because that’s the post I responded to. These numbers do not, however, calculate his agent’s cut, which would skew these numbers.

      • Slopeboy 5 years ago

        Go back to your calculator, Cliff Lee will live in New Jersey if he signs with the Yankees. There is no state income tax there.

  15. Slopeboy 5 years ago

    You’re a bit wierd and scary. I can understand the metric geeks with all the formulas such as WAR, UZR, FIP, WHIP etc. but to figure the tax breakdown of a player’s contract means you have way too much time on your hands.

    • It only takes as much time (or less) to figure out taxes on income as it does to calculate AVG, OBP, SLG, and OPS. The information is readily available on the internet, the choice to use it is yours.

  16. Cliff Lee would be batting cleanup as well for the Pirates if he were signed to a monster contract like that.

  17. Ian_Smell 5 years ago

    I don’t know if this is supposed to be critical of Dejan, but he is a pretty good reporter. He doesn’t just say things to say them, when he has something to say it’s usually pretty informative.

  18. moonraker45 5 years ago

    I also enjoy the sass

  19. moonraker45 5 years ago

    It does make sense, it doesnt hurt that he’s the best FA on the market by a long shot lol

  20. moonraker45 5 years ago

    oh please give me a break, as if a yankee fan would say insolence!! lol

  21. moonraker45 5 years ago

    I keep checking back hoping it says Comment Removed.

  22. unnamedsource 5 years ago

    Good copy editors are difficult to come by.

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