The Rangers don't appear to be scared to spend a little money this offseason, as FoxSports.com reports ownership has approved a plan to ink both Cliff Lee and catcher Victor Martinez.
The team is prepared to increase its payroll beyond $90 million, up from $55 million on opening day of 2010.
The Rangers have $32.85 million committed to five players next season and seven eligible for arbitration. Among those, three are likely to get big raises -- likely MVP Josh Hamilton, left-hander C.J. Wilson and right fielder Nelson Cruz.
The Rangers have more money because of new ownership, a run to the World Series increasing attendance and a new 20-year television contract that begins in 2015.
While the Yankees have been overt in their recruitment of Lee, the Rangers say they're no less interested in signing the market's best starter, they're just going to do it a little more under the radar.
"I don't think there's much to say other than there isn't anything that has happened or will happen that has come as a surprise," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels told MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan .
Daniels said the team is not ignoring Lee and has spoken to all of the agents for the team's free agents.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans
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