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Cliff Lee Expected To Sign By Weekend

A source tells Ken Rosenthal that Cliff Lee will decide his destination by the weekend. The Yankees have made a formal offer, hoping to jumpstart a process that has lagged, with agent Darek Braunecker in no hurry to complete.

No team has emerged as the front-runner, the source said, but the Yankees made a strong push for Lee on Wednesday, offering him a whopping six-year contract.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told the New York Post that the offer was for more than $137.5 million but less than $150 million.

The Rangers have not made a formal offer themselves. TR Sullivan:

Nolan Ryan said the Rangers have asked LHP Cliff Lee’s agent, Darek Braunecker, to tell them what it will take to sign Lee. He said he realizes that it will take 6 years to sign Cliff Lee and the Rangers will strongly consider it.

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