The Cliff Lee sweepstakes are underway, and while Lee and his agent aren't yet accepting contract offers, one still gets the sense that this will develop into a two-horse race. The Yankees met with Lee at his home. The Rangers met with Lee at his home. And the expectation is that it will be those two teams who end up bidding against one another.
The Yankees, of course, have all the resources in the world. But the Rangers have new ownership and playoff profits, putting them in a great position to be able to sign a player of Lee's magnitude. However, despite everything they have, Nolan Ryan and the Rangers still expect the Yankees to outbid them for Lee's services.
Ryan says he'll try to sell Lee on Texas - which shouldn't be hard, given that he lives in Arkansas not too far away - but New York has obvious appeal, and not only because the baseball team is an annual favorite to win the World Series. The Rangers' big hope will probably end up being that Lee prefers playing close to home, which is something they'll need to count on if they want to lock him up. The Yankees have a very strong desire to get Lee in their uniform, and financially, they may stop at nothing.