ARLINGTON TX - NOVEMBER 01: Cliff Lee #33 of the Texas Rangers tosses over to first for the out after a sac bunt by Aubrey Huff of the San Francisco Giants in Game Five of the 2010 MLB World Series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on November 1 2010 in Arlington Texas. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
While the Texas Rangers have focused their search for a "high-end pitcher" on Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Zack Greinke and Philadelphia Phillies lefty Cole Hamels, the club would consider Hamels’ teammate in Philly Cliff Lee as a long-shot option, reports Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com:
The Rangers, in search of a high-end pitcher to top their rotation, have focused their attention almost entirely on Cole Hamels and Zack Greinke
What if they don't get either one?
One long-shot option the Rangers would consider, according to sources: A reunion with Cliff Lee.
The Rangers, losers of the last two World Series, believe their best chance of "getting back and winning it is to add a true ace atop their rotation," according to Knobler. While he admits a Phillies trade of Lee to the Rangers is a long-shot, Knobler considers it "fascinating."
Texas acquired Lee in the summer of 2010, a move that helped them get to their first World Series, and then tried hard to sign him long-term in the off-season. The 33-year-old is signed through the 2015 season, and his contract includes a whopping $27.5 million vesting option for 2016 with a $12.5 million buyout.
Do the Rangers need to add a "high-end" starter?