Texas man­ager sus­pects Lee will stay with Rangers

The Pak Banker - - International3 -

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

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