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Cliff Lee proving he's a difference-maker

On the postseason stage, the Rangers left-hander is baseball's most important player

Originally Published: October 17, 2010
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- During every spring training, Jon Daniels, the general manager of the Texas Rangers, compiles and consults "the list" -- a file of players in their free-agent year who might be available for acquisition should their teams fall out of contention.

Daniels has been diligent but skeptical. While there have been notable exceptions over the 34 seasons of unrestricted free agency -- Doyle Alexander in 1987, Fred McGriff in 1993, Randy Johnson in 1998, Manny Ramirez and CC Sabathia in ...

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