Cliff Lee Will Not Receive Better Contract Offer From Yankees

Right now, the entire baseball world is waiting on Cliff Lee to make his decision. The Rangers have offered Lee a bunch of different deals, with one reportedly being for six years with a seventh-year option. The Yankees, meanwhile, offered Lee a seven-year contract worth something in the neighborhood of $160 million. It seems to be only a matter of time now before baseball's best lefty settles on a destination.

Lest one believe that the sweepstakes may only intensify still, that doesn't appear to be a possibility. The Rangers have maxed themselves out, going as high as they're willing to go, and Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told the New York Post that he will not increase his offer. What Lee sees now is the most he's ever going to see, which should make the decision-making process a little less complicated.

For what it's worth, Jon Heyman reports that there may still be a third team in the mix. All anyone's ever talked about is Cliff Lee joining the Rangers or the Yankees, but we just consistently keep on hearing that there may be another team involved - possibly the Angels. It's something to keep in mind, as Lee going to Texas or New York might not be an absolute guarantee.

The Rangers don't expect Lee to give an answer until Monday. Manager Ron Washington says that his "gut feeling" is that Lee returns, but he and Lee haven't been in contact.

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