The Texas Rangers don't intend to let Cliff Lee get away easily.
While it is assumed by many the New York Yankees will make a push to sign the Texas ace, a free agent after the season, to a big-money contract, Chuck Greenberg said they’ll have a battle on their hands.
“We’re not going anywhere with a peashooter,” Greenberg, the Rangers CEO and managing partner, said on the field before Wednesday’s Game 5 of the ALCS.
Lee said at the onset of the series that his focus was on this year and not on the offseason. He has said he has enjoyed playing in the Dallas area since being traded from the Seattle Mariners in July, something Greenberg hopes works in the Rangers’ favor.
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“He’s going to be at that rarefied level where you have the luxury of making a lifestyle decision,” Greenberg said. “And we hope that that decision goes well for us.”
Texas outfielder Josh Hamilton was selected The Sporting News major league player of the year and fellow Rangers slugger Vladimir Guerrero was chosen the American League’s comeback player of the year.
Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish, who has been heavily scouted by numerous major league teams, said on his website he plans to stay in his home country for at least another season. The Oakland Athletics have hired Joel Skinner as bench coach and Gerald Perry as hitting coach. Atlanta Braves right-hander Jair Jurrjens had surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his right knee but is expected to be ready for spring training.