November 30, 2010
Free-agent pitcher Cliff Lee(notes) shouldn't be expecting a recruiting call from Derek Jeter(notes) anytime soon. After all, Jeter is a free agent, too, and there's no way to know if he'll spurn the New York Yankees' hardball negotiations and sign with another organization.
That prospect remains doubtful, but Lee could soon be in position to be making a recruiting call to Jeter. The New York Post is reporting that Lee is asking for $140 million over six years and that a source is saying that the Texas Rangers can't afford that kind of cash. "There is no way the Rangers go for [that]," an AL executive told the paper. "At that money, they are out of it. That leaves the Yankees."
The Post also notes that the Rangers would like Lee to tell them where they stand soon so the team can start making other plans if he is not going to return to the organization. One of those plans is trying to trade for Zack Greinke(notes) from the Kansas City Royals, the Post reports.
The paper also notes that the Yankees believe Lee will be signed during next week's Winter Meetings in Orlando.
Meanwhile, the Royals and Rangers share a spring-training complex in Arizona, the source tells the Post, so the two sides are very familiar with each other's farm systems, a fact that could help ease a Greinke trade into reality.