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Too bad for Andy MacPhail, Baltimore’s president of baseball operations. His Orioles jerseys play in the same AL East as the Yankees jerseys and Red Sox jerseys.
Texas owner Chuck Greenberg, Rangers jerseys assistant general manager Thad Levine and co chairman Ray Davis, a pipeline billionaire, met with Lee, the pitcher’s wife and agent Darek Braunecker at the agent’s office.
“We made an offer with substantial additional commitments in years and dollars,” Greenberg said. “It was a very constructive conversation.
“A very positive discussion. We reiterated our strong desire for him to remain a Ranger.”
Still no timetable when the prize pitcher might make a decision on where to play in 2011.
“He’s a premier free agent,” Yankees jerseys general manager Brian Cashman said. “He’s worth waiting for.”
The winter meetings wrapped up Thursday after a brisk session full of trades and signings. Hardy from Minnesota.
Typically, several trades follow in the days after teams return home. Kansas City will certainly get pitches for former Cy Young winner cheap Zack Greinke jersey, and the New York Mets jerseys have been listening to offers for outfielder cheap Carlos Beltran jersey.
In the biggest shifts of the week, Crawford and cheap Adrian Gonzalez jersey joined the Red Sox jerseys, cheap Jays jerseyson Werth jersey went to Washington, Carlos Pena moved to the Chicago Cubs jerseys and Paul Konerko stayed with the White Sox jerseys. Derek Jeter, meanwhile, completed his deal with the Yankees jerseys and admitted he was angry with how the team handled talks. Putz, Shaun Marcum, Jeff Francoeur and cheap Melky Cabrera jersey also found new places to play. The Tampa Bay Rays jerseys, a playoff team last season, didn’t fare so well as expected, the cost of doing business cost the them Crawford and Pena, and shortstop Jason Bartlett might get traded to San Diego, too.
Boston general manager Theo Epstein wouldn’t directly confirm Crawford’s deal for $142 million and seven years.
“If things come together the way we hope and expect, we’ll be really satisfied,” he said.
Predictably, the Yankees jerseys quickly raised the ante for their No. 1 target, offering Lee a seven year contract. That’s up from a six year proposal worth nearly $140 million.
A person familiar with the Crawford deal told The Associated Press that his agreement was subject to passing a physical. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal was not yet complete.
“You go into every winter with a Plan A, and sometimes it’s hard to pull that off and you move on to Plan B and C,” Epstein said. “I think adding an impact player was very important for where we were in the short , medium and long term and adding two, as long as they were the right players in the right spots in the right situations, would be even better.”
A person with knowledge of the negotiations told the AP about the increased offer to Lee, without disclosing the dollar amount.
The speedy Crawford is a four time All Star and just won cheap jerseys his first Gold Glove. He hit .307 with 19 home runs, an AL leading 13 triples and 90 RBI for Tampa Bay last season. He scored 110 runs and stole 47 bases.
A dynamic player at 29, he has spent his entire major league career with the Rays jerseys.
Gonzalez, an All Star slugger and Gold Glove first baseman, came in a trade with the Padres jerseys.
The Yankees jerseys never made an offer to Crawford, even though Cashman had dinner with him Tuesday night.
“It’s a great player. A great move,” Cashman said. “They’ve had two huge acquisitions. They’re loading up like they always do, and this is even more significant than a typical Red Sox jerseys reload. So they’ve done a great job so far.”