Texas manager suspects Lee will stay with Rangers
DALLAS: Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington has a gut feeling about Cliff Lee. "That he'll be here," he said Saturday. The Rangers and New York Yankees are waiting for a decision on which offer the 32-year-old left-hander will accept. They are the two known bidders for the $100 millionplus pitcher, although there may be others.
"I think everything that needs to be done has been done. ... We just have to wait," Washington said.
The Yankees offered Lee a seven-year contract Thursday after making an opening proposal of six years for $137.5 million to $140 million. Rangers owner Chuck Greenberg went to Arkansas on Thursday to personally present Lee with multiple offers.
"They had a good visit, and now we're waiting for some type of decision," Washington said Saturday at a luncheon where he was inducted into the Texas Black Sports Hall of Fame. Washington hasn't had any conversations with Lee and doesn't think any are needed. He knows the outcome is crucial for both the Rangers and Yankees. "It would be huge simply because you'd have a No. 1 starter," Washington said. "Since we had him for 2 ½ months, we know what he brings. -Ap