Rangers Notes: Cliff Lee, Vlad, Molina

It was a bittersweet ending for the Rangers last night, but they're still the AL champions.  They're planning to raise payroll, and now it's time to focus on Cliff LeeThe Dallas Morning News has a bunch of quotes from the free agent market's top starter.  This cover-your-bases excerpt implies he'll at least test the market:

This is the first time I've been a free agent and I'm going to see what that's all about. It's an earned right by a player once you get six-plus years, and I'm going to take advantage of that and see where it leads me. I know I've enjoyed it here and I'm never ruling out the possibility of coming back, but I've got to play things out and see how it goes. I know this was a great group of guys, a lot of fun, and I would love to be a part of it next year, but there's so many things that could happen, you never know. There's a lot of things I've got to weigh into that. There's a lot of variables, what's best for my family, that's going to be a huge part of it. I want to be on a winning team. Obviously, this is one of those. We'll see, there's no telling what's going to happen.

Regarding the Rangers' other free agents:


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87 Comments on "Rangers Notes: Cliff Lee, Vlad, Molina"


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rockfordone
4 years 8 months ago

LEE is going to surprise everyone.

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Brad426
4 years 8 months ago

Everyone who thinks he isn’t going to go where the most money is…

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Dave_Gershman
4 years 8 months ago

If Texas offers him the same or more than the Yankees, he’s staying…Simple as that.

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Deathstrikr
4 years 8 months ago

you make it sound so simple. You know they are competing with a team who really wants lee and can but as many zeros as they want on a check.

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moonraker45
4 years 8 months ago

thats if the yankees allow the rangers to offer the same.

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4 years 8 months ago

At some point someone is going to blink.

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4 years 8 months ago

Taxes plus cost of living eliminates a chunk of what NY can offer

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4 years 8 months ago

Taxes plus cost of living eliminates a chunk of what NY can offer

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4 years 8 months ago

Pretty big if when you’re competing with the team that has, without a shadow of a doubt, the most financial power in baseball. What the Yankees want, they almost always get.

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Brad426
4 years 8 months ago

Hey, I’m a (semi) Ranger’s fan so I hope you are right. But typing “it’s as simple as that” at the end of a statement doesn’t necessarily make it so… you don’t know Cliff Lee and what he will do any more than I do. And as others have already stated, not sure Texas can afford to pay what the Yankees almost certainly will.

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stl_cards16
4 years 8 months ago

I think Lee is planning on staying in Texas, he just wants to get as much out of them as possible. Last night he was talking about losing in the world series and he said “We are going to use this as motivation next year” You never know, but my gut feeling is he stays in Texas.

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moonraker45
4 years 8 months ago

He’ll stay if the rangers make a close offer to whats out there.. If the yanks offer him 7/150 and the rangers offer him 5/100.. then there’s no doubt where he’s going.

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stl_cards16
4 years 8 months ago

Yeah, obviously, but it sounds as if the Rangers are prepared to make a strong offer. I didn’t mean for it to sound like I thought he was staying in Texas no matter what. He is hitting the open market for a reason, but I think he is pretty sure he will be back in Texas, just from the way he sounded last night.

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4 years 8 months ago

The Brewers said the same thing. The press said CC didn’t want to play in NY. We know how that ended up.

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MB923
4 years 8 months ago

I think what CC said is that he prefers to play on the West Coast, he never said “I don’t want to play in New York”

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rockfordone
4 years 8 months ago

I agree Texas – for one thing they don’t need a 9M DH. Take that 9 and add 6 or 7 and they have Lee

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4 years 8 months ago

LoL – back up the Brinks truck!

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moonraker45
4 years 8 months ago

I personally think a team off the radar is going to target lee.. a team no one has mentioned in rumours or linked lee to, all of a sudden pulls out a 6/ 130 contract for him and shocks the baseball community

i mean how many people had chapman going to the reds?

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4 years 8 months ago

I don’t think an off the radar team will get it done for 6/130. Thought they won’t say it publicly, I think the Yanks would be more than willing to go 6/150 if that is what it took.

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4 years 8 months ago

i think cliff lee is coming to the team who offers him the most money. The Yankees desperatley need him I think they’ll give him a blank check.

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stl_cards16
4 years 8 months ago

“Desperatley need him” huh? Take a look at every other major league roster besides the Yankees. There are about 28 other teams that “desperatley” need him more than the Yankees

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4 years 8 months ago

thats true but what if pettitte retires. than you have cc, phil hughes and aj. you need 2 more starters

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moonraker45
4 years 8 months ago

with the way hughes and aj pitched down the stretch, you need 4

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unbiasedhomer
4 years 8 months ago

Ah yes, the entitlement class is here. “We’re the Yankees and we’ll get anyone and we deserve everyone just because of who we are and how much money we have.”

(And yes, I know, not all Yankee fans are that way, but the entitlement class makes even the standard-issue Yankee fan look bad at times.)

Lee will go where he and his family feel the most comfortable. If that’s in Texas, so be it. If he decides to be a cash whore, so be it.

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4 years 8 months ago

If his family isn’t comfortable in NY, he’ll just buy a new family with all the money the Yankees will give him.

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Dave_Gershman
4 years 8 months ago

Not to mention how close Arkansas is to Texas.

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moonraker45
4 years 8 months ago

lol

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4 years 8 months ago

I am pretty sure with $100M+ you can find a comfortable place to live in Siberia.

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4 years 8 months ago

In Siberia, comfortable place finds you!

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stl_cards16
4 years 8 months ago

and if he signs with the someone besides the Yankees we will get to see the likes of “You couldn’t handle New York” “Guess you don’t want to win championships” and “They are going to regret that contract”

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moonraker45
4 years 8 months ago

i hate the yankees… but at the same time, i’m realistic enough to know that when they have targeting an FA 9.9/10 they get them.

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YanksFanSince78
4 years 8 months ago

Dude really? THis line is so boring.I didn’t read anyone make a statement that we are entitled to Lee. Enitlement usually means a feeling that you deserve something. The Yanks are paying thru the nose for top talent. They pay the cost to be the boss. Don’t know what team you root for but it was the other 29 baseball teams that kept the Rangers afloat and allowed them to collect new talent despite the previous owner leading the team into bankruptcy after the ill advised Arod contract. Add to the fact that while they were in bankruptcy they managed to add Vlad, Colby Lewis, Bengie Molina, Darren Oliver and Jorge Cantu makes the situation even more ironic. Ppl can talk about the $200 mil they spend in talent but no one wants to acknowledge the $80 mil we spend in luxury tax and revenue sharing or how we single handly help some markets to their BEST gate draws, second to maybe opening day, each and every year. So please excuse me if I rather you shut your mouth up about “How bad we are to baseball” as we single handly co-op the payroll for smaller market teams or teams living beyond their means. I would rather you simply say “Thank you” and you tend to your own business as we tend to ours.