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Cliff Lee: Rangers Talks "Positive", Nationals Out

Per Jon Heyman, the Washington Nationals are “not in” on free agent ace Cliff Lee. While Washington general manager Mike Rizzo met with Lee’s agent face-to-face, it doesn’t look like the Nationals are going to land the prized left hander.

Heyman also reported that the Yankees, believed to be Texas’ main competition for Lee, are willing to offer Lee a six-year contract but not a seven-year deal. There had been speculation that some teams would offer Lee a seven-year contract, but New York is not one of those teams.

Lee told a few of his Texas teammates that he would come back to Texas if they offered a six year deal.

Darek Braunecker, Lee’s agent, met with Rangers officials on Monday and called the discussions “positive, productive.” Unfortunately for Texas fans, Braunecker also said the same of his talks with the Yankees.

Braunecker will meet again with Rangers officials soon, but according to T.R. Sullivan, he gave no set time frame.

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