Lobby talk: Seven years for Cliff Lee?


LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com reported late last night that sources told him Cliff Lee will get a seven-year offer from some team.

Rosenthal reported it was unclear whether a team had made that kind of offer, but that there was a team out there -- rumored by other media outlets to be the Washington Nationals -- willing to go seven years for Lee's services.

What we do know is how such a contract might be structured. Are we talking about seven years guaranteed? If so, I can't see the Rangers doing that (unless they've changed their thinking from the past few weeks). Lee is 32 and seven years is a major investment for a pitcher that age. The Yankees, apparently, wouldn't even be willing to go seven years.

But what if it was a five-year deal with two option years? Buyouts could be included to give Lee some money, but the club would have an opportunity to get out of the deal should Lee's numbers taper off or injuries pop up. We'll wait and see. But if Lee is, indeed, in line to get seven guaranteed years, I'd be surprised if the Rangers agree to invest that much in him.

Other stuff:

* Jim Tracy, Rockies manager, collapsed early this morning at the Winter Meetings. He was undergoing tests early this morning. Be sure to check out ESPN.com for updates on his condition.

* The Rockies are in "serious negotiations" with Ty Wigginton. I mention that because he's a right-handed bat and can play first base. That's right in line with what the Rangers would like from a DH/part-time first baseman to spell the left-handed hitting Mitch Moreland at first. We'll have some other possibilities for you in terms of Rangers DH later today.

* Congrats to Rangers traveling secretary Chris Lyngos, who was named traveling secretary of the year last night at the Winter Meetings. He does a tremendous job for the Rangers (and may have the quickest walk I've ever seen).