Rangers took best shot at Cliff Lee

In the end, it wasn't about money or years, as pitcher preferred playing for Phillies

Updated: December 14, 2010, 11:32 AM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

The Texas Rangers sure put up a good fight in their quest to sign Cliff Lee.

They sent the cavalry to Arkansas three times, meeting personally with Lee, his wife, Kristen, and agent Darek Braunecker. They chatted repeatedly with Lee's representatives at the winter meetings. They came in hesitant to consider anything more than five years and altered that thinking once they realized that the market appeared to require a longer commitment.

And in the end, none of it mattered. Lee didn't ...

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