Free agent pitcher Cliff Lee.
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)
The Yankees have increased their offer to 32-year-old free agent pitcher Cliff Lee to seven years.
"He's a difference maker for any club he goes to," Joe Girardi said for Cliff Lee.
Cliff Lee speaks with the media.
If it takes a six-year deal to sign Cliff Lee, expect the Yankees to be the team that offers it first.
Texas' Cliff Lee pitches against the San Francisco Giants during Game 5 of the World Series. (Nov. 1, 2010)
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)
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)
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.
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 while pitching against the Yankees. (June 29, 2010)
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 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 pitching arm before a game against the Yankees. (June 29, 2010)
Cliff Lee of the Seattle Mariners pitches against the Yankees at Yankee Stadium. (June 29, 2010)
Seattle's Cliff Lee delivers against the Yankees. (June 29, 2010)
Seattle's Cliff Lee celebrates a win over the Yankees with catcher Rob Johnson. (June 29, 2010)
Cliff Lee throws a pitch during simulated game in a spring training workout. (Mar. 5, 2010)
PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 02: Starting pitcher Cliff Lee #34 of the Philadelphia Phillies throws a pitch against the New York Yankees in Game Five of the 2009 MLB World Series at Citizens Bank Park on November 2, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee, right, talks with the Yankees' CC Sabathia before Game 3. (October 30, 2009)
Philadelphia Phillies' Cliff Lee (34) pitches to the New York Yankees in the ninth inning of World Series Game 1, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009, at Yankee Stadium in New York. The Phillies beat the Yankees 6-1.
Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee, right, arrives at the 30th Street Station in Philadelphia to catch a train to New York. The Phillies face the Yankees in Game 1 of the World Series Wednesday at Yankee Stadium. (October 26, 2009)
Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee throws a pitch against the Mets during a game at Citi Field on Monday.