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Cliff Lee: Why choose the Phillies over the Yankees and Rangers?

Cliff Lee finally made his choice of team known on Monday. The Phillies quietly made their offer and waited, along with the Yankees and Rangers, for Cliff Lee to come to a decision.

Texas Rangers starting pitcher Cliff Lee works against the San Francisco Giants during Game 5 of the World Series in Arlington, Texas in this November 1 file photo. Lee will reportedly sign a new contract with the Phillies.

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For major league baseball players, in the end, it's usually all about the cash.

But this time, it may be more about the ring.

After losing the World Series this fall with the Texas Rangers, Cliff Lee has apparently decided his next best chance is with one of his former teams, the Philadelphia Phillies.

Reports say Lee has agreed to a five-year, $100 million deal with the Phillies, with an option for a sixth year. He walked away from two bigger offers from the Yankees and the Texas Rangers.

Instead, he's rejoining a team he played for once before.

Lee was obtained by the Phillies from the Indians in 2009 and helped Philly reach the World Series that season. But much to his chagrin, Lee was traded by Philadelphia last December to make room for Roy Halladay, who won the National League Cy Young with the Phillies this past season.

Lee must have been tempted by the offers from both the Yankees, reportedly a seven-year package worth a total of $148 million, and the Rangers, who tried to creatively craft a new multimillion dollar deal with the lefthander.


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