Rangers Want Cliff Lee to Focus on Texas' Quality of Life
That's good news for the Rangers, who like every other team in Major League Baseball, find it difficult to compete with the Yankees when it comes to the availability of money to sign highly-sought after free agents.
When Ryan and the rest of the Rangers contingent met with Lee, his wife Kristen and his agent on Monday, they focused on selling Lee a better quality of life -- a life Lee, and especially his wife and children, enjoyed in their short time last year with Texas.
"I do believe Kristen liked the fact she and the kids could go home (to Benton, just outside Little Rock) when we are on the road, be with family, and then come back to Arlington when we're at home, and it's like a 40-minute trip," Ryan said.
Ryan stated that this first meeting was just a matter of gauging interest. It's obvious that the Rangers want Lee to return to the team and pitch in 2011. But is Lee interested in the Rangers?
Ryan says yes, Lee is interested in continuing his talks with the Rangers about returning. That fact alone was enough to make Ryan happy. But that was just the first step, a very small portion of the process.
Inevitably, the subject of money will enter into the equation. This will be where the Rangers find out just how much a better quality of life means to Lee.
It will likely cost the pitcher millions of dollars in lost salary to stay in Texas. But, money can't buy happiness, right?