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.
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.
“While the Yankees met with Jeter, talks with Mariano Rivera and his agent Fernando Cuza were described yesterday by a Yankees source as ‘not active.'”
Source: The New York Post
Just an interesting update. Not very significant considering that it’s 99% certain that Rivera will be a Yankee next season.
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.
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
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.