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Ron Washington thinks Cliff Lee will re-sign with Texas

Dec 12, 2010, 11:52 AM EDT

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Cliff Lee is expected to choose between offers from the Rangers and Yankees on Monday.

While the free agent southpaw is off weighing pros and cons, we’re left wondering what he might do and trying to gather any clues.

So far the clue-finding has not been a fruitful venture.  The guess here is that Lee will chase the most lucrative contract he can find — just like any free agent would — and all indications have the Yankees offering more guaranteed money.

Don’t tell that to Rangers manager Ron Washington, who was giving out optimistic quotes on the matter Saturday evening while being inducted into the Texas Black Sports Hall of Fame:

“[My gut says] that he’ll be here,” opined Washington.  “I think everything that needs to be done has been done. … We just have to wait.”

Lee, 32, registered a 3.18 ERA and 1.00 WHIP over 28 starts this past year.  He struck out 7.84 batters per nine innings and turned in a league-leading 0.76 BB/9 (walks per nine innings).  For reference, National League Cy Yong Award winner Roy Halladay came in second with a 1.08 BB/9.

The Yankees have apparently offered a seven-year contract worth around $161 million.  The Rangers have only been willing to go as high as six years, but new reports allege that a proposal with a seventh year option may be on the table.

  1. pisano - Dec 12, 2010 at 12:39 PM

    I hope he’s right because I don’t feel Lee is worth his offers, but that being said I wouldn’t give much thought to what Ron Washington feels as he doesn’t appear to be the sharpest tool in the shed. I think back to some of his moves in the ALCS and the WS and he seemed lost. I do hope Texas gets him though.

  2. phukyouk - Dec 12, 2010 at 1:01 PM

    Was Ron tested for crack/Cocaine before that comment? im just sayin…

    • pisano - Dec 12, 2010 at 2:44 PM

      Good point, maybe the crack is what threw me. Let me finish my first post, when I said I want Texas to get Lee, I would much rather see them get beat up than t o see the Yankees get beat up. Texas is used to it with that contract they gave Arod back in the day. Good Luck Rangers.

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