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Texas may soon offer Lee five-year deal

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08:19 AM ET 12.01 | In hopes of getting an answer sooner rather than later, the Rangers are set to make their pitch to Cliff Lee. Armed with the belief the Yankees are willing to pay Lee $23 million a year, the Rangers are on the verge of making an official offer to retain the left-handed free-agent hurler. According to a person with knowledge of Texas' plans, the Rangers are not wary of going to five years in a contract offer for the 32-year-old Lee. Nevertheless, if Lee opts for the most money, the Rangers are not expected to top the Yankees, who the AL champions believe already have made a five- or six-year offer to Lee.

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December 1, 2010  08:20 AM ET

If they do that, they just may keep him. If the dollars are the same, the tax and the fact that Lee is from Arkansas may actually mean something.

December 1, 2010  08:27 AM ET

Nevertheless, if Lee opts for the most money, the Rangers are not expected to top the Yankees, who the AL champions believe already have made a five- or six-year offer to Lee.

I'm SHOCKED to discover this. How could it be?

December 1, 2010  08:34 AM ET

I thought I heard that the Rangers can basically offer like a 125 million and it would be the same as the Yanks offering 140 million since NY has a state income tax and they have a city tax to just live in the city there....I think a Wall street journalist number crunchers did the math and said it a few weeks ago....

December 1, 2010  09:05 AM ET

HUH...Interns...SPAM PLEASE!!!!!!

December 1, 2010  09:07 AM ET

Might as well give your best shot Nolan. If he doesn't sign then it wasn't meant to be.

December 1, 2010  09:09 AM ET

Is it really hard interns? Just hang out on a popular thread and delete the spammers as they post.

Damn, maybe I should run that place.

December 1, 2010  09:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Is it really hard interns? Just hang out on a popular thread and delete the spammers as they post.Damn, maybe I should run that place.

Bo they are more concerned with ppl posting **** and stuff like that....lol

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December 1, 2010  09:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I thought I heard that the Rangers can basically offer like a 125 million and it would be the same as the Yanks offering 140 million since NY has a state income tax and they have a city tax to just live in the city there....I think a Wall street journalist number crunchers did the math and said it a few weeks ago....

But if he keeps his declared residence and lives in a half year rental he dodges the state tax... So he keeps more money that way...

Its what jeter was doing saying he lived in FL for so long til he was busted...

December 1, 2010  09:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

If they do that, they just may keep him. If the dollars are the same, the tax and the fact that Lee is from Arkansas may actually mean something.

Problem is the Yanks will increase their offer

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December 1, 2010  09:21 AM ET

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December 1, 2010  09:24 AM ET
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Fail.

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December 1, 2010  09:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#19):

But if he keeps his declared residence and lives in a half year rental he dodges the state tax... So he keeps more money that way...Its what jeter was doing saying he lived in FL for so long til he was busted...

Then the Union gets involved and pressure Lee not to take less money.

The residency thing works better for Lee since he has children and Jeter doesn't/didn't.

December 1, 2010  09:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#20):

Problem is the Yanks will increase their offer

Five and six year mega-deals on a 32-year-old pitcher? If someone wants to give that, good on them. However that's not a mark of a good businessman. There are a few pitchers who are dominant after 35, but not many.

Cliff was already briefly on the DL in 2010. Trust me, it doesn't get any better - particularly in the post-steroid era.

December 1, 2010  09:31 AM ET
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Lee is going to take the most money, period. That is what he has been talking about for the last few years leading to his free agency. He already turned down contract extensions in the past. I have no doubt that Lee is going to sign with the yankees. they will offer him the most of what matters to him...cash.

I'd be surprised if he didn't.

December 1, 2010  09:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#24):

Lee is going to take the most money, period. That is what he has been talking about for the last few years leading to his free agency. He already turned down contract extensions in the past. I have no doubt that Lee is going to sign with the yankees. they will offer him the most of what matters to him...cash.

That's what your agent (and you) tell everyone so that all parties will bid against each other. In the case of the Yankees, they even bid against themselves - particularly when Borass is involved. In the end though Cliff will go where he wants to go. He has options, and they're all sweet.

December 1, 2010  09:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#19):

But if he keeps his declared residence and lives in a half year rental he dodges the state tax... So he keeps more money that way...Its what jeter was doing saying he lived in FL for so long til he was busted...

My understanding, tax is paid in each state where he plays, so 81 games in Texas, and pro-rated for the other cities. Any accountants out there?

 
December 1, 2010  09:48 AM ET
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Trust me, it doesn't get any better - particularly in the post-steroid era.

Think it's the other way around, post peds, we will see more and more pitchers pitching effectively late 30's.

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