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Nolan Ryan Expects Cliff Lee To Make Decision Monday

Nolan Ryan has done everything he can do to bring Cliff Lee back to Texas. Now all he can do is wait on a decision from Lee - something he expects to hear on Monday.

"If they are really wrestling with it, they'll probably take the weekend and come to a decision on Monday," Ryan said. "I've run all my traps and don't know anything, so we'll just wait and see."

Jack Curry of the YES Network tweeted last night that there was pessimism within the Yankees organization on their chances of signing Lee. Ryan built on the sentiment, expressing his optimism for the lack of positive reports coming from New York:

"One of the things that's good is you don't hear any reports coming out of New York about them making any additional offers," Ryan said. "If you hear that the Yankees had gone in and made another offer, then I would be concerned."

Ron Washington expressed his optimism as well, saying that he expects Lee to be back:

"I'm biased and I want him back," Washington said by phone on Saturday evening after being inducted into the Black Texas Sports Hall of Fame. "My gut feeling is he'll be here. Ultimately, the decision is Cliff's to make -- but my gut feeling is he'll be back in Texas."

Rangers officials have not heard from Lee since Thad Levine, Chuck Greenberg and Ray Davis met with Lee and his wife on Thursday.

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