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Don’t expect a decision from Cliff Lee any time soon

Cliff Lee

Texas Rangers’ Cliff Lee (33) pitches during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays during Game 1 of the American League Division baseball series, Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010 in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

Chris O’Meara

Not surprisingly, Cliff Lee’s agent said yesterday that the free agent left-hander will likely take his sweet time fielding offers before deciding on a long-term home.

Here’s what Darek Braunecker told Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News:

Historically, these deals take some time. We don’t handicap the timing of this stuff, but we don’t anticipate this happening too quickly. There aren’t a whole lot of market factors that are necessarily going to influence Cliff’s negotiations. There’s not anybody else out there that’s going to have any bearing on what we do with Cliff, at least from our perspective.

Our conversations have been what we anticipated to this point; it’s early-stage dialogue with a number of interested parties. We’re truly at the beginning stages here. When this deal gets done is anybody’s guess.

Feinsand speculates that Lee is unlikely to sign before the winter meetings, which begin December 6.