Word is that the Rangers sent a scout to watch Cliff Lee pitch this week. He has 3 1/2 years left on his contract with the Phillies, and is owed $25 million over the next three years with a $12.5 million buyout. A Lee deal would be a long shot, but would be pretty interesting. I’m not sure how I would feel about bringing him back to Arlington. He was a key part to the Rangers 2010 World Series run, pitching extremely well in the ALDS and the ALCS. His complete game win against the Devil Rays (with 11 strikeouts) was one of the most dominant playoff pitching performances I’ve seen. He finished the playoffs with a 3-2 record with 2 losses against the Giants in the World Series. This season his win-loss record hides a pretty decent year. He’s 1-6, but has a respectable 3.72 ERA. His last start is rather typical of the kind of season the Phillies have had when he pitches. He threw 8 innings, giving up only 1 run on 2 hits only to watch the Phillies lose in extra innings 3-5.
The rumors still say the Rangers have a much greater chance at trading for Cole Hamels or Zack Greinke. But, a serious look at Cliff Lee would be pretty interesting. What are your thoughts?