Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said over the weekend that the organization would not raise its offer to Cliff Lee in either dollars or years. The Yankees are believed to have offered Lee a seven-year contract worth around $160 million.
That the Yankees had been so silent over the weekend led many to believe that the Rangers may have emerged as the more likely team to sign Lee. Jack Curry tweeted on Saturday that there was skepticism within the Yankees organization about their chances to sign the prized lefty ace.
Both Nolan Ryan and Ron Washington have been optimistic about Lee returning to Texas, with Washington going as far to say that he expects Lee to be back with the Rangers next season.
Lee is expected to decide between the Rangers and Yankees at some point this week.