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Cliff Lee Possible Option for Rangers: Report



    On Wednesday, Jim Salisbury of reported that the Rangers sent their top scout to Los Angeles to watch Cliff Lee and Clayton Kershaw pitch.

    "Interesting," Salisbury tweeted somewhat ominously.

    Interesting indeed -- Danny Knobler of reported on Wednesday evening that Lee could actually be a backup plan for the Rangers in a possible trade, should they be unable to land either Cole Hamels or Zach Greinke.

    Don't freak out just yet, as Knobler did note that this was a "long shot."

    "One long-shot option the Rangers would consider, according to sources: A reunion with Cliff Lee," Knobler wrote.

    There are a number of different problems with the Rangers pursuing Lee, of course. Most notably is his salary, which will pay him $25 million over each of the next three years and includes a $12.5 million buyout the year after that.

    But the Rangers are in absolute win-now mode, and they know Lee well. Lee made 15 starts for Texas during the 2010 season (after coming over in a trade from Seattle), compiling a 3.98 ERA over 108.2 innings, which featured 96 strikeouts, four wins and two complete games.

    Lee would be a tremendous addition to a Rangers team that's now lost the last two World Series, and would very much like another shot at winning a title for the good people of Arlington.

    It's a total long shot, but if the Phillies can crank up negotiations with Cole Hamels and lock down the younger left-hander to a contract extension, it's entirely possible they'll consider moving Lee for the right price.

    For now though, it's simply another ridiculous piece of the old MLB rumor mill.