Ever since Cliff Lee left to sign a big deal with the Philadelphia Phillies following his four-month stint with the Texas Rangers that ended in a run to the World Series, Rangers fans have been trying to hash out a way to get him back.
Even though the veteran lefty hasn't pitched in the majors since July 2014 and had surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon (a surgery Colby Lewis came back from), it seems we're back to figuring ways to get him back in a Rangers uniform.
Only difference is, this time it doesn't seem to be that difficult.
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In fact, CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports Lee said he's ready to pitch again and is willing to take a one-year deal from a contending team. And guess what? The Rangers have said they have interest!
Lee is a solid comeback candidate, largely because he doesn't rely on fastball velocity and can get by with a fastball in the upper 80s due to his pinpoint control and quick tempo. The fact he's willing to accept a one-year deal means several teams will be vying for his services, but it seems the Rangers will likely be one of them. It just depends on how much they want to give him for that one year and if Lee considers them a strong contender to win. At this point, it'd be hard for anyone to consider the Rangers anything but that.