While Adam Dunn has signed with the White Sox, Adrian Gonzalez has been traded to the Red Sox, and Jayson Werth has signed with the Nationals, one must remember that the gem of the market - the best player available - is still out there in the person of Cliff Lee. It's Lee who may end up making the biggest headlines at the upcoming Winter Meetings, and Sunday night, we may have learned what the Rangers need to do to bring Lee back.
According to Yahoo!'s Tim Brown, Lee has told former teammates in Texas that he would re-sign with the Rangers if the team offered a six-year contract.
This is an unconfirmed report, but it would make sense. The Yankees are expected to offer six years while the Rangers are rumored to have set their limit at five, hoping that Lee would sacrifice a little money to be closer to his Arkansas home. And Lee could still make that choice, but a guaranteed sixth year from Texas could put them over the top. At that point, even in the event of an overbid by New York, the difference wouldn't be that big, and Lee has a strong desire to be near his family.
It's possible that the Lee sweepstakes could reach a resolution as early as this week. Stay tuned as the Rangers, Yankees, and a possible mystery team battle it out.