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Texas CEO: Rangers opened door for Lee’s return to Philly

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Jan 26, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Feel free to really hate the Rangers now.

During a Fan Fest in Arlington on Sunday, Rangers CEO Chuck Greenberg said it’s his belief that Cliff Lee was going to sign with the Yankees until Texas made one last attempt, keeping the door open just long enough for the Phillies to swoop in and land the left-hander.

“Even though Philadelphia was probably not in, they were always in the back of our mind,” Greenberg said. “I think if we wouldn’t have gone to Arkansas that last time, I think he was going to sign with the Yankees. We pried the door open a little bit to give ourselves another opportunity. And ultimately the Phillies were able to take advantage of that opportunity that we created.”

A few more notes and links on this Wednesday night.

Hank Steinbrenner says the Yankees “have to win.” Actually, he said it a little more colorfully than that.

David Cone is returning to the YES broadcast booth. He’ll do 25 games, according to Joel Sherman.

Chad Moeller has signed a minor league deal with the Rockies.

• Keith Law says the Yankees have the ninth-best minor league system in baseball, directly ahead of the Mariners, Red Sox and Rangers. The Royals, of course, are at the top.

• I’ve never met him, but I’ve always rooted for Rocco Baldelli to stay healthy enough to keep playing. It just wasn’t in the cards, though, and Baldelli now says he’s finished for good.

• According to a press release, the YES Network finished 2010 as the most watched regional sports network in the country for the eighth straight year.

• Just in case you missed it, Brian Cashman acknowledged yesterday that Joba Chamberlain’s injury in Texas in 2008 has significantly impacted his performance and perceived future.

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