Yes, it’s a long shot. Likely a very long shot, but according to sources, Cliff Lee could end up back in Texas.
Though the Texas Rangers have set their sights on pitchers Cole Hamels and Zack Greinke, sources close to the organization claim that if they were to miss out on both of these aces, they could once again turn to former Ranger and current Philadelphia Phillies pitcher, Cliff Lee.
Sources say the ballclub sent a scout to Los Angeles to watch their former ace pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers this week.
Though the Rangers have made Hamels their number one target, it is likely that the Phillies will make him an offer he can’t refuse.
Additionally, the Milwaukee Brewers recent success could keep Greinke from becoming available for a trade, which could leave the Rangers with Lee. Not a bad back-up plan.
Though Lee’s time in Texas was brief, he played an instrumental role in helping the Rangers win their first ever American League pennant and first World Series appearance.
It was believed that the Rangers had a good chance of keeping Lee in Dallas, but in the end, the Phillies won out.
Although the Rangers’ success continued as they again made it to their second-straight World Series last season, who knows what might have happened had Lee stayed in Arlington.
The Rangers’ pitching staff has been rocked by injuries of late, yet they are still considered one of the deepest and most solid bullpens in the MLB.
However, many feel that one more ace, especially one with World Series experience, is exactly what the Texas Rangers need to get over the hump and win their first World Series crown.
Yes, it is certainly a long shot; there are many obstacles that would likely keep Lee from heading back to Texas, the biggest being a contract that guarantees him $25 million each of the next three seasons and a $12.5 million buyout for 2016, but it is something to keep an eye on.