Lee not focused on pending free agency

Lee not focused on pending free agency

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers don't know if they will be able to re-sign Cliff Lee. They have made it clear they want to do so but also know that he will be heavily pursued by other teams.

The Rangers are only hoping that going deep into the playoffs and even to the World Series will prove to Lee that this is a good place to be if he wants to be in a winning situation.

"I've gotten in his ear a little bit, but Cliff knows this is a good place to play," third baseman Michael Young said. "Obviously, we have good things going on here, great fan base, great city, everything a winning player would want to be a part of. But first things first: We need to win."

Lee said he is not focused on free agency but admitted being a part of a World Series team in Texas would be something to think about come free agency.

"I don't really get caught up in that all, to be honest with you," Lee said. "I'm a Texas Ranger right now and we're in a good position and we're going to try to win a World Series ring. That's where my focus is. I'm not worried at all about what's going to happen in the offseason or any of that. That's not consuming any of my thoughts.

"Once you get to a World Series with a team, that in itself is hard to do. There's something special about that group of guys any time you get there, and especially if you win it, you want to come back with the same guys and do it again. Yeah, there's a lot of truth to that. Time will tell on that. I don't know."

Lee admitted he didn't like being traded by the Phillies after pitching them to the World Series in 2009.

"I really wasn't happy about being traded in that situation," Lee said. "I enjoyed my teammates. We made it to the World Series. They were the defending world champions from the year before. There's a lot of good things going on there and I wanted to be a part of it and I felt like I was last year coming down the stretch.

"It's a business, too. You can't control those things. I would have liked to have continued to be there and be part of that, but I wasn't."