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Rosenthal: Cliff Lee will receive a seven-year offer

Cliff Lee

Texas Rangers’ Cliff Lee pitches against the New York Yankees in the third inning of Game 3 of baseball’s American League Championship Series Monday, Oct. 18, 2010, in New York. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

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Interesting tidbits about Cliff Lee from Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com.

Major league sources tell him that at least one team has “expressed a willingness” to offer the left-hander a seven-year contract.

Rosenthal originally wrote that the Yankees would be the “most likely” team to offer him a seven-year contract, but he has since tweeted that the Bombers do not plan to offer Lee seven years. Could it be...a mystery team? Dun-dun-dun.

If some team is willing to give Lee seven years, well, good luck with that. The Yankees have the ability to outbid anybody, but giving a seven-year contract to a starting pitcher is a risky proposition, especially for one who is already 32 years old and had back problems this past season. Then again, if Andy Pettitte is serious about retirement, they may have to reconsider.

The one thing I do know is that the more inflated the market for Cliff Lee becomes, the more sense it makes for the Rangers to walk away and move the younger, cheaper Neftali Feliz to the starting rotation.