Rangers CEO Chuck Greenberg, assistant GM Thad Levine and owner Ray Davis met with Cliff Lee, his wife and agent for approximately 90 minutes Thursday in Arkansas and laid out their plans for trying to persuade the left-hander to sign with the Rangers.
Greenberg said the Rangers have Lee a menu of multiple offers and now must wait and see what Lee wants to do. Greenberg declined to get into specifics of years or dollars.
"We felt very good about the discussion," Greenberg said. "It’s a very important decision they’re going to be making as a family. We wanted to put our best foot forward. I think we did that to the best of our abilities. I believe we made an impression on them."
Greenberg said the Rangers decided to make a third visit to Lee after outfielder Carl Crawford agreed to terms with the Boston Red Sox late Wednesday night. Greenberg said the Rangers had to change their tactics after the Crawford deal. The team had hoped to get a number of what it would take to make Lee remain a Ranger. That approach changed Thursday when the Rangers presented Lee with more than one option.
And much to the chagrin of Rangers fans, there was no timetable put on Lee to make a decision.
"We didn’t press them," Greenberg said. "We gave them a considerable amount of new information to reflect upon. Take whatever time they feel is necessary to come up with an informed decision."
- Anthony Andro