Could proximity to home help re-sign Lee?

July, 13, 2010
7/13/10
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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Starter Cliff Lee's move to the Rangers gets him much closer to home. In fact, he noted Monday that it's a 30- or 45-minute flight from his home in Benton, Ark., which is about 315 miles from Arlington.

But would being close to home impact Lee's decision this offseason, maybe giving the Rangers a better shot at re-signing him?

"I don't know," Lee said Monday to a few media folks camped out at his table during the interview availability prior to tonight's All-Star Game. "There are so many ifs and buts with all that. There's no telling who’s going to be out there wanting to sign me and what they come up with. There are so many different variables. Until we get to that point, it’s really hard to comment on it. There are so many unknowns. It's hard to give you a good answer."

"I don’t think it’s going to be me carrying this team anyway," Lee said. "I hope I give the team a chance to win and we score runs and make plays. There’s a lot more involved than just the starting pitcher carrying the team. You’ve got to score runs and you’ve got to make plays. It’s a group effort. It’s not just one guy. I hope to have similar success than I had last year down the stretch. It’s a lot of fun and hopefully things work out the way they did then."

Lee talked about all the moves he's made recently and admitted that the ideal situation would be to "be in one place and win from the beginning and make the playoffs with that team."

But that didn't happen in his case.

"Things sometimes don't go that way. There were high expectations in Seattle. If things were planned, I'd be there and we'd be in first place. But that's why you play the games."

Lee said for his family -- wife Kristen, son Jaxon (9) and daughter Maci (7) -- the differing locations and experiences have been good.

"They were in Cleveland for several years and got a chance to go to Philadelphia and we made it to the World Series," Lee said. "Then we go across the country to Seattle and they see the Space Needle and stuff like that. They get to experience the weather out there. It was just starting to get nice. It’s like a different country a little bit, a different feel.

"Now they’re back to Dallas, and that's a 30- or 45-minute flight from home. It’s going to be easier for them to come back and forth and see me more. It’s nice for the kids. It’s an education for them. They are learning, traveling around the United States and seeing different parts of the country."
Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.

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OTHER LEADERS
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