The Texas Rangers acquired pitcher Cliff Lee in a trade from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for minor league prospects, including first baseman Justin Smoak.
The New York Yankees made a proposal to free-agent pitcher Cliff Lee that’s worth almost $140 million over six years, according to the Major League Baseball website.
Free-agent pitcher Cliff Lee met with Texas Rangers executives and received a new offer from the New York Yankees.
The Texas Rangers were as surprised as Philadelphia Phillies fans that free-agent pitcher Cliff Lee opted to rejoin the team that he helped reach the 2009 World Series.
Cliff Lee remained perfect in the postseason, striking out 13 New York Yankees in eight scoreless innings to give the Texas Rangers a 2-1 lead in the American League Championship Series.
The New York Yankees took the first step in their attempt to recruit free-agent pitcher Cliff Lee by flying General Manager Brian Cashman to Arkansas to meet him.
The Philadelphia Phillies moved past the New York Yankees to become bookmakers’ favorites to win the 2011 World Series, following reports that the team signed free- agent pitcher Cliff Lee , a two-time All-Star.
"Going into the offseason, I was not sure how serious the Phillies were going to be. I really did not know. So I guess there was a point in time where it was just, in my mind, the Rangers and the Yankees."
- Cliff Lee on Dec 21, 2010