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Cliff Lee decision coming Monday?

File photo of Texas Rangers pitcher Cliff Lee in Arlington

Texas Rangers starting pitcher Cliff Lee works against the San Francisco Giants during game five of the World Series in Arlington, Texas in this November 1, 2010 file photo. Negotiations for the biggest prize in Major League Baseball’s free agent pool heated up Thursday when the New York Yankees reportedly upped their offer to Texas pitcher Cliff Lee and Rangers chief Nolan Ryan admitted he was concerned. Left-hander Lee, who helped the Rangers beat the Yankees and reach their first World Series this past season, had been offered a six-year, $140 million deal from the Yankees before the pinstripes upped the ante by adding a seventh season. REUTERS/Mike Segar/Files (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)


A couple of updates here on Cliff Lee and his big free agent decision.

We know that the Yankees have offered the left-hander a seven-year deal worth around $161 million. And we know that the Rangers have offered six guaranteed years with some kind of option for a seventh. Now we’re just waiting for Lee to pick one.

Sadly, it may be another 24 hours or so before that pick is made.

According to’s T.R. Sullivan, Rangers president Nolan Ryan is under the impression that Lee is going to spend the entire weekend in thought and won’t announce which team he is signing with until Monday.

“I’ve run all my traps and don’t know anything,” Ryan said, “so we’ll just wait and see.”

Lee, 32, turned in a sparkling 3.18 ERA and 1.00 WHIP over 28 starts in 2010, racking up 185 strikeouts and only 18 walks along the way. The average velocity on his fastball has risen steadily over the last five seasons. In 2006 and 2007, he clocked in at 89.0 MPH. In 2008, that saw a slight bump to 90.5 MPH. Then in 2009 he averaged 91.1 MPH, and this past year he was at 91.3 MPH.