Rangers have made a substantial offer to Cliff Lee

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - The Texas Rangers have made what they

called a "substantial" offer to Cliff Lee during a face-to-face

meeting with the pitcher in the Arkansas office of his agent.

Rangers owner Chuck Greenberg said after Thursday's meeting that

Lee was given a "menu of options" in an attempt to persuade him

to stay with Texas.

The New York Yankees added a year to their offer earlier in the

day, proposing a seven-year contract for the 2008 AL Cy Young Award


Greenberg said the trip to Arkansas was prompted by Boston's

$142 million, seven-year agreement with outfielder Carl Crawford,

which changed market dynamics.