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Yankee fans can share the pain with Met fans as Cliff Lee heads to Philadelphia. (Oct. 18, 2010)

Cliff Lee

The Yankees are close to trading for Seattle Mariners ace Cliff Lee. Here's a look at Lee's career in photos so far.
See Lee's career stats and bio

Free agent pitcher Cliff Lee.
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Free agent pitcher Cliff Lee.

Cliff Lee
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Cliff Lee

Texas Rangers' Cliff Lee pitches against the New
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Texas Rangers' Cliff Lee pitches against the New York Yankees in the seventh inning of Game 3 of baseball's American League Championship Series. (Oct. 18, 2010)

Texas Rangers starting pitcher Cliff Lee (33) delivers
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Texas Rangers starting pitcher Cliff Lee (33) delivers a pitch to the Baltimore Orioles during a baseball game Saturday, July 10, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. Lee, the 2008 AL Cy Young winner the Rangers got from Seattle in a six-player deal Friday, threw his AL-best sixth complete game even though he trailed 1-0 after giving up hits on his first two pitches and later yielded home runs in three consecutive innings. (AP Photo/Cody Duty)

Cliff Lee
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Cliff Lee

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The Yankees have increased their offer to 32-year-old
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The Yankees have increased their offer to 32-year-old free agent pitcher Cliff Lee to seven years.

Texas Rangers starting pitcher Cliff Lee delivers to
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Texas Rangers starting pitcher Cliff Lee delivers to the New York Yankees in the first inning of a regular season game. (Aug. 11, 2010)

"He's a difference maker for any club he
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"He's a difference maker for any club he goes to," Joe Girardi said for Cliff Lee.

Cliff Lee speaks with the media.
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Cliff Lee speaks with the media.

If it takes a six-year deal to sign
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If it takes a six-year deal to sign Cliff Lee, expect the Yankees to be the team that offers it first.

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Texas Rangers pitcher Cliff Lee delivers a pitch
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Texas Rangers pitcher Cliff Lee delivers a pitch during an ALCS game against the New York Yankees at Yankee stadium. (Oct. 18, 2010)

Texas Rangers pitcher Cliff Lee yawns as he
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Texas Rangers pitcher Cliff Lee yawns as he watches Game 5 of baseball's American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees. (Oct. 20, 2010)

Texas' Cliff Lee pitches against the San Francisco
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Texas' Cliff Lee pitches against the San Francisco Giants during Game 5 of the World Series. (Nov. 1, 2010)

Cliff Lee
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Cliff Lee

Texas Rangers' Cliff Lee lobs the ball to
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Texas Rangers' Cliff Lee lobs the ball to first base on a bunt by San Francisco Giants' Aubrey Huff during the seventh inning of Game 5 of baseball's World Series Monday, Nov. 1, 2010, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

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Texas' Cliff Lee, left, celebrates with teammate Elvis
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Texas' Cliff Lee, left, celebrates with teammate Elvis Andrus after the Rangers' 8-0 win over the Yankees in Game 3 of the ALCS. (Oct. 18, 2010)

Texas manager Ron Washington pulls Cliff Lee during
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Texas manager Ron Washington pulls Cliff Lee during the 5th inning in Game 1 of the World Series against the San Francisco Giants. (Oct. 27, 2010)

CLIFF LEE POSSIBLE DESTINATIONS Yankees, Mets, Twins, Rangers
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CLIFF LEE
POSSIBLE DESTINATIONS Yankees, Mets, Twins, Rangers
The Yankees are believed to be the clear front-runners to land Lee in a package that would include 20-year-old catching prospect Jesus Montero.

Mariners starter Cliff Lee pitches against the Detroit
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Mariners starter Cliff Lee pitches against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park in Detroit. (July 4, 2010)

Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Cliff Lee smiles as
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Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Cliff Lee smiles as he wraps his left arm in the dugout after throwing in the eighth inning against the Chicago Cubs in Seattle. (June 23, 2010)

Seattle's Cliff Lee heads out to the bullpen
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Seattle's Cliff Lee heads out to the bullpen to warm up a game against the Yankees. (June 29, 2010)

Seattle's Cliff Lee goes to the resin bag
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Seattle's Cliff Lee goes to the resin bag while pitching against the Yankees. (June 29, 2010)

Seattle's Cliff Lee blows a bubble in the
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Seattle's Cliff Lee blows a bubble in the dugout against the Yankees. Lee threw a complete game as the Mariners beat the Yankees, 7-4. (June 29, 2010)

Seattle's Cliff Lee gestures in the dugout during
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Seattle's Cliff Lee gestures in the dugout during his team's 7-4 win over the Yankees. Lee threw a complete game in the Mariners' win. (June 29, 2010)

Seattle's Cliff Lee adjusts a towel over his
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Seattle's Cliff Lee adjusts a towel over his pitching arm before a game against the Yankees. (June 29, 2010)