Earlier, Joel Sherman said that the Mariners were backing off the Yankees' offer, and that another team had jumped in hard. That other team?
Hearing #Rangers are working really hard on #Lee now. Tricky because of finances with team sale not complete and MLB-imposed budget
Adds Frankie Piliere, a former scout with the Rangers:
I can confirm the report by @JoelSherman1 that the Rangers are making a major push for Lee. They appear to be the team jumping in late
You have to figure that, if the Mariners are turning down a package with Jesus Montero, it's because they believe they can get more somewhere else. Texas' big piece here would likely be young 1B Justin Smoak.