Thu Dec 02 12:33pm EST
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports might be having some reservations about Cliff Lee(notes) and the Texas Rangers teaming up again, but Ian Kinsler(notes) is not having any second thoughts regarding a monster contract that would bring Lee back to Arlington.
Kinsler, in fact, doesn't think Lee should be having any, either. The Rangers second baseman recently went on a Dallas radio station to relay a humorous text exchange that he had with the market's most coveted free agent.
Ben Shpigel of the New York Times has the back-and-forth:
"I was like, ‘Well, just sign whatever they give you,'" Kinsler said in the interview on KESN-FM. "He said: ‘Let's see what happens. We have to wait it out.'" Kinsler said he told Lee that he enjoyed being his teammate, to which he said Lee responded, "I do, too, but we have to wait it out.''
"I said, ‘Just sign it,'" Kinsler added. At that point, Kinsler said, Lee responded by sending him a photo of a deer that a friend had shot on his property."
Wait a minute: A photo of a dead deer? To a player on a team that just made a World Series run by flashing antlers at each other? I'm not sure Rangers fans should feel comfortable with the foreshadowing there.
Maybe Texas should just stick to making their pitches when selling Lee some new boots.