So far this offseason Cliff Lee and his agent have been in fact-finding mode, but that appears like it’s about to change as Texas Rangers owner said that Lee is “about ready to entertain offers” according to Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated.
This really is just the second step in a long process before Lee finds his ultimate destination. Rumor is that the Rangers aren’t going to be willing to go beyond five years or $23 million per season for Lee so the Yankees aren’t likely going to make the first offer.
Instead they’ll probably keep in regular contact with Lee, but wait until most other clubs have pitched the free agent before swooping in with a bigger offer. It would be similar to what they did with Mark Teixeira when he was on the market.
Like I said about the Jeter negotiations, get ready because this one could take a while.