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Cliff Lee’s impending decision will affect the Chicago Cubs, even though they are not in on the free agent ace. Multiple reports have Lee down to the New York Yankees and returning to the Texas Rangers.

The impact on the Cubs? The Rangers are interested in Matt Garza *if* they cannot re-sign Lee. They’ve already reached out to the Rangers about Garza, and could make a serious push if they lose Lee – a push that might outdo what the Cubs are willing to give up.

The Rays are going to wait out the Lee decision before re-engaging in trade talks with teams like the Cubs regarding Garza. So, in simple terms, if you like Garza for the Cubs, you should be pulling for Lee to return to the Rangers. For what it’s worth, a couple sources last night indicated that the Yankees are not optimistic about their chances.

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