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Going inside the Cliff Lee negotiations

Just how close did ace really come to returning to the Texas Rangers? Pretty close

Updated: May 20, 2011, 4:24 PM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

ARLINGTON, Texas -- If not for a last-ditch effort by the Philadelphia Phillies, Cliff Lee might be heading to the mound in Philadelphia this weekend wearing a Texas Rangers uniform.

So how close did he really come to returning to the club that he helped take to its first World Series?

Pretty close. The Rangers stepped well out of their comfort zone in an effort to sign the front-line starter, but in the end Lee's own comfort zone was in Philadelphia.

As Lee prepares ...

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