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07:22 AM ET 10.21 | New Rangers owner Chuck Greenberg is doing his best to make sure Cliff Lee wants to make his stay in Texas long term. Greenburg says the club has been working on persuading Lee and his family that Texas is the right place to set down roots. "We've all been just getting to know one another. We've been trying to show him that this is a wonderful place for his family," Greenberg said before Game 5 of the ALCS. "At the end of the day Cliff is going to make a lot of money, and it's going to be up to Cliff and his family where that's going to be." Greenberg says the Rangers are financially secure under the new owners, and the ballclub is ready to fight for the free-agent left-hander. "We're not going in it with a pea shooter," Greenberg said. "We can't control what the Yankees or any other club chooses to offer. We can only control our own decisions, and we know that we are going to have to be aggressive financially; we're prepared to do that."

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October 21, 2010  07:50 AM ET

Yankees or Rangers - pretty much what this comes down to.

In the meantime, we take a deep breath.

October 21, 2010  08:10 AM ET

It might come down to what Mrs. Lee wants.

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October 21, 2010  08:34 AM ET

I could could see Lee staying in Texas just for his role he would play as the number 1. Not sure if he would like a different role. I have faith the Yanks will pump up the price if they cant get him because they definately want him! It will be very interesting especially if he knocks out yanks in a game 7 if they get that far.

October 21, 2010  08:40 AM ET
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It might come down to what Mrs. Lee wants.

If that's the case then Texas has a huge edge.

October 21, 2010  08:41 AM ET

Don't rule out the Mets, Red Sox, Dodgers or Cardinals.

Mets have no idea what they need for next season. Red Sox are shedding a bunch of payroll freeing up CA$H. Dodgers have money to spend as well. Cardinals exercised the 1 year option on Pujols and to keep him I think they need to show him they are willing to go get the players needed. Lee, could be the guy who keeps Pujols in a Cardinals uniform after next season.

Then again, I don't see him anywhere but in Yankee Pinstripes.

CC, Lee, Pettite, Hughes, Burnett, Vasquez. Not a bad Starting rotation. Unless Burnett and Vasquez return to old form, they'd be sitting in the bullpen praying no one gets hurt. If things got out of hand in the 3rd they bring in them for long relief. That would be their sole purposes.

Lee in Pinstripes in 2011.

October 21, 2010  08:47 AM ET
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I bet he is offered deals by other teams just so GM around baseball generate rumors at the winter meetings. It would be almost refreshing if TX was able to retain Lee, however.

The Rangers should contact Tom Hicks to see how they got ARod to go to Texas. I think that's the model we're looking at here.

October 21, 2010  08:48 AM ET
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If that's the case then Texas has a huge edge.

Not if Mrs Lee fancies a Penthouse apartment overlooking Central Park

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October 21, 2010  08:51 AM ET
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Not if Mrs Lee fancies a Penthouse apartment overlooking Central Park

From what I heard she likes to be near family and that family is in Arkansas.

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October 21, 2010  09:18 AM ET

Lee is setting himself up very nicely. he will get a max contract.....no doubt! lee appears to be the type that lives for pitching on the big stage. what better place to do that than NYC for the most storied franchise?? and the lure of playing for a team that you know will put together an ultra competitive team by any means necessary has to hold a lot of weight.

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October 21, 2010  09:33 AM ET

He better stay, if he goes, TX will be a bunch of loosers.

October 21, 2010  09:35 AM ET

Speculation. But lee didn't pass on past contacts to take less. Milwaukee made a competitive bid on Sabathia too...kind of.

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October 21, 2010  09:44 AM ET
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Yankees or Rangers - pretty much what this comes down to. In the meantime, we take a deep breath.

It's gonna all come down to how bad the Yankees need or want Lee. If they see him as a absolute necessity, then there's nothing the Rangers or anybody else for that matter can do. They will just do the same thing they did with the CC negotiations. Take the next highest bid, and add 50 Million. How could anybody say no to that??

October 21, 2010  09:45 AM ET
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The Rangers should contact Tom Hicks to see how they got ARod to go to Texas. I think that's the model we're looking at here.

Lose your mind and outbid everyone by 100 million.

 
October 21, 2010  09:52 AM ET
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The Rangers are a YOUNG, TALENTED team and has owners with DEEP pockets, besides the Yankees like to throw ludicrous sums of money at bums (see: Carl Pavano, A.J. Burnett, etal)

yeah, no doubt...they do throw huge amounts of loot at players. and they are undeniably older than the rangers. BUT the fact of matter is that you can ALWAYS bet that the yanks will do whatever necessary to put a highly competitive team on the field.....they WIN.....period!! i guarantee potential veteran FA players take into consideration who will give them the best chance to win on a regular basis along with who will give them a max contract. both of those factors have the Yanks written all over them!

and don't forget that your phils do the same thing. they will bring in whomever they need in order to compete. maybe not on the scale that the yanks do but still the same

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