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Rangers will try to lock up Cliff Lee this offseason

Aug 8, 2010, 1:55 PM EDT

New Rangers CEO and minority owner Chuck Greenberg has made it known that his club will do all it can to lock up left-hander Cliff Lee in the offseason. This according to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth-Star Telegram. Of course...

New Rangers CEO and minority owner Chuck Greenberg has made it known that his club will do all it can to lock up left-hander Cliff Lee in the offseason.  This according to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth-Star Telegram.

Of course, even if the Rangers don’t think they have a shot at pulling it off, Greenberg might as well preach the idea all summer and into the fall.  The Yankees are known to have their eyes on Lee and tend to outbid the competition when they truly find a guy that they want.  Then there are the other 28 teams that would love to add an ace left-hander.

Lee, 31, has posted a 10-5 record, a 2.44 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP in 19 starts this season between Seattle and Texas.  He has racked up 126 strikeouts and walked only nine batters.  And two of those were intentional walks.  The guy is going to be this offseason’s big winner.

“Let’s see what happens,” Lee told the Star-Telegram on Saturday. “There’s a lot can happen between now and then,
but, yeah, it’s nice to be wanted.  I’ve got to take care of what I
need to take care of between now and then. I have to help this team get
to the postseason and the World Series. That’s the ultimate goal. I’m
not too worried about the other stuff.”

The Rangers have a healthy nine-game first-place lead in the American League West thanks to a 64-46 record.  They’re headed for their first playoff appearance since 1999.

  1. 50-year Phils fan - Aug 9, 2010 at 11:36 AM

    Great! Rangers vs. Phillies in the World Series. Lee gets revenge on the team that gave him an unceremonious boot.

  2. Walter_Bishop - Aug 9, 2010 at 10:51 PM

    Rangers have no shot in signing Cliff Lee to a long term contract. First, Lee hates it in Texas, and secondly, he has already said where he would like to play, and that’s for the soon to be 28 time, World Series Champions, the Legedary NY Yankees. The Yankees will offer more money and more years than any other team, none stand a chance against the YES Network Bank Vault! Yep, he’ll be rejoining his best friend, CC Sabathia in thier rotation. Next years Yankees starting rotation…
    CC Sabathia
    Cliff Lee
    Andy Pettitte
    AJ Burnett
    Phillip Hughes
    It looks as if the Next NY Yankees Dynasty has been born!!!

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