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Nolan Ryan isn’t confident about the Rangers landing Cliff Lee

Nov 18, 2010, 1:01 PM EDT

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Brian Costa of the Wall Street Journal caught up with Rangers’ President Nolan Ryan down at the GM meetings and asked him about Cliff Lee.  Ryan’s response: he’s not giving up or anything, and he and the rest of the Rangers are going to try and sell Lee on the charms of Texas, but he’s really not all that confident and he expects the Yankees to outbid the Rangers for Lee’s services.

I know that may sound depressing Rangers fans, but hey, at least you have a straight-shooter running your team and not a b.s. artist.

  1. airedale1950 - Nov 18, 2010 at 1:02 PM

    Calcaterra, you are a pompous ass.

    • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Nov 18, 2010 at 1:15 PM

      Craig, can you make this the quote of the day, part two? I think airedale1950 is really Cliff Lee’s wife.

  2. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 18, 2010 at 1:07 PM

    They’re just as well getting 2-3 solid starters than one big ace who will probably be no more than slightly above average halfway through the soon-to-be deal anyway.

  3. IdahoMariner - Nov 18, 2010 at 1:09 PM

    I still harbor my delusional hope that the Mariners will beg him to come back, slap a pile of money on the table, and back it up with securing two or three actual hitters to seal the deal. Man, he is even more fun to watch pitching when he’s pitching for your team.

  4. IdahoMariner - Nov 18, 2010 at 1:11 PM

    …and I am still trying to figure out how this post makes Craig a pompous ass. Unless the poster just doesn’t like the thought of Lee going to the Yankees.
    I don’t want him to go there, either, to the extent that I am actually happy to contemplate him staying at Texas (since my delusional fantasy scenario from above just isn’t going to happen — imagine, the mariners picking up two or three actual hitters!), but that doesn’t make craig a pompous ass.

  5. yankeesfanlen - Nov 18, 2010 at 1:21 PM

    Is he still holding a grudge that he gave up his first home run to Joe Torre?

  6. bigbill8517 - Nov 18, 2010 at 1:56 PM

    Ryan will move Odumba (?) from the bullpen to the starting rotation and work with Feliz to give him more pitches, get him more innings and work towards making him a future starter. The Rangers will be going after bullpen pitchers in the offseason.

  7. Jason @ IIATMS - Nov 18, 2010 at 2:45 PM

    My GM is not a BS artist. He’s a stand-philosopher named Comicus.

    Unemployment Office Person: “Name and occupation?”

    Comicus: “Comicus, Stand-up Philosopher.”

    Unemployment Office Person: “A what?”

    Comicus: “A Stand-up Philosopher. I take the collasence of daily life and produce anectdotes that have synonymous meaning with various people.”

    Unemployment Office Person: “Oh. A bullsh*t artist!”

    Comicus: “Uh…Yeah.”

  8. apbaguy - Nov 18, 2010 at 3:04 PM

    Craig-totally agree with your take on Nolan Ryan, and the value of a team president who is a straight-shooter.

    You can understand why he said he isn’t confident in landing Lee. Hopeful, sure. Confident, not so much. Lee has made it clear that his signature is an auction process, and he’s saying nothing that in any way inhibits that process. So no team can be confident at this point.

  9. bigbill8517 - Nov 19, 2010 at 7:36 PM

    We gave up a lot to get Lee. While he helped us is the playoffs, he didn’t help us get there and he didn’t help us in the Series. Considering what we gave up, he was of negligible value. I wouldn’t mortgage the farm for him.

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