As much as I’d love to see Brian Cashman put on an elf costume and climb down a building in Connecticut, I’m instead making my way to Orlando for this week’s Winter Meetings. That means one thing: Cliff Lee.
Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera are done, and the Yankees focus will shift to the rotation, which is the team’s most glaring need. Of course, the Yankees aren’t the only team interested in Lee. The Rangers are also going to make a push, and the Dallas Morning News took a look at the backup options should Lee sign elsewhere.
They’re basically the same for the Rangers as they are for the Yankees.
1. Trade the farm for someone like Zack Greinke.
2. Hope for a remarkable resurgence from someone like Brandon Webb or Chien-Ming Wang.
3. Try to catch lightning in a bottle with an internal candidate. I’m looking at you Ivan Nova.
Obviously, the preference is Lee. My guess is you’ll hear his name a lot this week.
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