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Cliff Lee’s agent responds to Nolan Ryan: “That’s not the way the process works”

Dec 9, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

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Last night Nolan Ryan talked about the Rangers wanting agent Darek Braunecker to “tell them what it would take to sign” Cliff Lee.

This afternoon Braunecker responded by speaking to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com about Ryan’s request and basically pointed out that negotiations where one side is fielding offers from multiple bidders don’t really work that way.

Here’s more from Braunecker:

We have no interest in participating in the unconventional negotiating style the club has requested. For the player to submit an offer to the club … that’s not the way the process works.

In other words, why should Braunecker “tell them what it would take to sign” Lee when not telling them could lead to the Rangers bidding more than “it would take.”

At this point it appears as though Braunecker has done everything right and manipulated the situation perfectly, so it’s no surprise that he balked at Ryan’s request. Rangers officials are reportedly traveling to Arkansas today to meet with Lee and Braunecker, but Ryan hinted yesterday that the Yankees adding a seventh year to their offer “makes it more challenging for us.”

  1. sportsdrenched - Dec 9, 2010 at 1:27 PM

    Great Picture.

    When you’re negotiating it never hurts to ask. The worst that will happen is they’ll say no, or “it doesn’t work that way”

    We know one thing. Cliff Lee will get paid.

    • ta192 - Dec 9, 2010 at 3:29 PM

      Is it just me, or is it possible that there’s one or more GM’s thinking, “By year 6 of his contract, this guy’ll be a permanent resident of the DL, and we can just palm his salary off on the insurance weenies.”

      • Old Gator - Dec 9, 2010 at 3:46 PM

        That’s not thinking. That’s prayer.

  2. phillygirl4 - Dec 9, 2010 at 2:08 PM

    this entire offseason is making me hate baseball

    • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Dec 9, 2010 at 2:18 PM

      It’s this way every couple years. No reason to hate baseball for it. At least you don’t have contract “hold outs”, “franchise players”, salary caps, etc. to deal with like they do in football.

      • ultimatecardinalwarrior - Dec 9, 2010 at 3:11 PM

        Or anything close to the LeBronathon that happened. Baseball’s offseason is just a few people getting paid ungodly amounts of money.

  3. ravensos - Dec 9, 2010 at 2:27 PM

    It’s got to be frustrating for a guy like Nolan Ryan to see what Lee and other pitchers command monetarily these days.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Dec 9, 2010 at 2:33 PM

      Don’t weep for Nolie’s finances. He has an empire, with his brand of beef (seriously!) and car dealerships etc all throughout texas. Plus, the guy has probably not paid for a meal in a restaurant in 30 years.

  4. Jonny 5 - Dec 9, 2010 at 2:39 PM

    GW: Are you alright Nolan??
    Nolan: Huh? whaaa…
    GW: Damn Nolan, I though you said you smoked weed before
    Nolan: Huh? uhh yeah… where are we?
    GW: High as hell is where we are boyeee…. I done grew that on my ranch man, it’s some serious hydro from north of the border. I like to call it “stanky hanky panky” cause it’s as good as sex and smells like a christmas tree.
    Nolan: who are you mannnn?
    GW: Well my daddy says I’m a worthless pain in the a$$, but I go by George mostly.
    Nolan: I need a beer…

  5. ta192 - Dec 9, 2010 at 3:22 PM

    An agent sassing Nolan Ryan…won’t he just adjust on his eye patch and put the reins in his teeth, and…
    Whoops, wrong guy…

  6. slam922 - Dec 9, 2010 at 5:03 PM

    At some point you have to ask yourself “How much is enough?”. How much can you spend? How many toys can you buy? $140 million or $150 million…..does it really make any difference? Why would a 7th year make any difference? What will you be able to do with $150 million that you can’t do with $140 million? I don’t get it.

    • Old Gator - Dec 9, 2010 at 5:54 PM

      Buy a bigger share of an A-380 and travel in style. They might even let you put steer horns on its radome.

  7. baseballholmes1 - Dec 9, 2010 at 7:38 PM

    Sounds like Lee is using Jerry Maguire. If you know what the Yankees are offering, just add a couple of million.

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