Everybody seems to think it’s a forgone conclusion that the Yankees will sign Cliff Lee this offseason. It might happen, but it is far from a sure thing as the Rangers are prepared to make a strong push to sign him too.
Via the NY Post:
The Rangers have put up a fight against the Yankees in the ALCS, and new owner Chuck Greenberg vowed again yesterday that the same would be true in the offseason, when ace lefty Cliff Lee becomes one of the most sought-after free agent pitchers ever.
“We’re not going into it with a pea shooter,” Greenberg said before his Rangers dropped Game 5 of the ALCS to the Yankees, 7-2, yesterday in The Bronx. “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.
“We’ve all been just getting to know one another,” Greenberg said. “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.”
Remember, the Rangers might have been broke under former owner billionaire Tom Hicks, but the new ownership recently signed a lucrative TV deal that supposedly pays them $150 million a year over 20 years. So they should have plenty of cash on hand to make Lee a competitive offer.
When discussing this topic with the media, Greenberg also noted that they realize that this is a young team that is going to give them more value than they are paying out. They see that as an excuse to over spend in another area.