Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Updated: December 2, 8:41 AM ET
Nolan Ryan, GM met with Cliff Lee
By Richard Durrett
Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels and club president Nolan Ryan visited with Cliff Lee in Arkansas earlier this week, Daniels confirmed on Wednesday.
Daniels would not comment on whether the club made a formal offer to the free-agent left-handed pitcher. It's the second time during the free-agent process that the Rangers have flown to Arkansas to meet personally with Lee.
"It's a process with only one point that's really worthy of talking about, and that's when there's a decision made," Daniels said. "No sense in trying to dissect and analyze everything else, but I realize that's what goes on this time of year."
Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler, whose locker was next to Lee's in the home clubhouse for most of Lee's four-month stay in Arlington in 2010, said on the "Ben & Skin Show" on ESPN 103.3 FM on Wednesday that he texted Lee on Tuesday and the pitcher confirmed the Rangers were there.
"Basically, I said, 'What's going on in Arkansas?' [Lee] said, 'The Rangers are down here again,'" Kinsler said on the air. "I was like, 'Well, just sign whatever they give you.' He said, 'Let's see what happens. We have to wait it out.'
"I said, 'Remember, I like being your teammate.' And he said, 'I do, too, but we have to wait it out.' I said, 'Just sign it.' And then he sent me a picture of a deer [that a friend had bagged on his property]."
Sources told ESPNNewYork.com that the New York Yankees, another major player in the Lee sweepstakes, have not yet made an offer. A New York Post story on Tuesday said the Rangers were prepared to make an offer to Lee and weren't afraid to go five years for the pitcher's services.
Lee's agent, Darek Braunecker, did not immediately respond to a text message or e-mail on Wednesday. But in a phone conversation Tuesday afternoon with ESPNNewYork.com, he refused to provide any information regarding which teams already had made offers for the 32-year-old left-hander, who won the 2008 Cy Young Award and compiled a 12-9 record in 2010 pitching for the Rangers and Seattle Mariners.
"The Yankees haven't made an offer yet," the source told ESPNNewYork.com. "[Braunecker] really doesn't want any offers until next week. He wants to be the ringmaster at the winter meetings. I don't expect anything to get done until after that."
Richard Durrett covers the Rangers for ESPNDallas.com. Information from ESPNNewYork.com Yankees writer Wallace Matthews was used in this report.