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)