Text message convo. between Lee and Kinsler

Here is a text message conversation between Ian Kinsler and Cliff Lee, via the New York Times. Currently, Rangers executives are meeting with Lee at his Arkansas home:

Kinser: “Well, just sign whatever they give you.”

Lee: “Let’s see what happens.”

Kinsler: “[I enjoyed being your teammate.]”

Lee: “I do, too, but we have to wait it out.”

Kinsler: “Just sign it.”

Lee: *Sent an image of a deer that a friend had shot*

This is nothing deliberate, but it is clear that Lee has not made his mind up yet. Even if he does want to stay in Texas, he is clearly willing to take other offers. 

Yankees targeting Upton

No, not B.J. Upton. According to Jon Heyman of SI.com (via Twitter) the Yankees are targeting Justin Upton, the brother of Rays star B.J. Upton. 

Justin Upton, 22, is a solid offensive outfielder, but strikes out an awful lot. The Yankees would need to put together a trade to get him, possibly including Nick Swisher.

Yanks to interview Gil Patterson

The Yankees will interview Gil Patterson on Thursday as a possible replacement for Dave Eiland as the Yankees pitching coach. Patterson is currently in the A’s system, but is also a former Yankee. The A’s have granted him permission to speak to the Yankees.

This appears to be the first interview the Yankees are conducting, after Dave Eiland was fired a few weeks ago. Yankees bullpen coach Mike Harkey is also considered candidate for the job.

The free agent market is officially open

As of 12 am ET, the free agent market is
officially open. Cliff Lee and Carl Crawford will be
receiving quite a lot of phone calls. Lee is expected to go
to either the Rangers or Yankees, while Crawford has not
drawn much interest as of now, with just the Red Sox showing
minimal interest. Derek Jeter might also get some calls from
teams. It is 99.9% certain that he will go to the Yankees,
but, if something goes wrong, you never

The Buzz: Gregg an option?

According to a team press release, the Blue Jays did not pick up a club option on Kevin Gregg, and he will now become a free agent. 

The right handed, 33 year-old could be a target for the Yankees. Not that they need relief pitchers, but adding a veteran who put up a 3.51 ERA last season, and has been solid his entire career, could be a point of interest for the Yankees.