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December 08, 2010

Nolan Ryan: Rangers expect to go six years on Cliff Lee

Rangers team president Nolan Ryan said late Wednesday that the agent for Cliff Lee has been instructed to give the Rangers a precise figure of what it will take to make Lee return to Arlington.

Braunecker left the winter meetings after meeting with clubs to return to Arkansas and discuss with Lee his options in free agency. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said that New York made a contract offer to Lee, and reports have pegged the terms at six years and $140 million.

Ryan said he has no reason to question the reports, and said he has come to accept the fact that the Rangers will have to pay Lee over six years.

They expect to hear from the Lee camp in the next 48 hours.

"It really comes down to whether we're willing to go to six years," Ryan said. "I think if they come back with a proposal for him to come over, we're going to have to sit down and talk and look at it.

"I'm probably more there today than I have been the last few days about six years, realizing that if you're going to have Cliff Lee pitching for you, that's probably what you're looking at."

-- Jeff Wilson

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