The market for starting pitchers

After ace left-hander Cliff Lee, there's Carl Pavano and everyone else

Updated: December 1, 2010, 4:23 PM ET
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

The New York Post confirmed Wednesday what everyone in baseball has long understood:

The Texas Rangers are not going to just send Cliff Lee a thanks-for-the-memories note and let him cruise into the Bronx unobstructed this winter.

No, the Rangers are going to at least make Lee think about this. And if they're willing to throw a five-year deal at him, as the Post report suggested, that ought to get those brain cells churning.

And then, after he's finished thinking, the ...

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