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Not much Rangers related this morning...but the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal is reporting that former Rangers g.m. Doug Melvin is ready to give former Rangers catcher Ned Yost a contract extension as the Brewers manager.

Yost, by the way, will not be on the 50 Greatest Rangers list.

Also of note in that article is a discussion of the status of Brewer outfielder Carlos Lee, who makes $8.5 million this year and will be a free agent after the season. It is acknowledged that, if the Brewers determine that they can't afford to keep him past 2006 (and they probably can't), they'd have to look at moving him on July 31 if they aren't in the playoff race.

If that scenario does go down, I wouldn't be surprised to see the Rangers pursue Lee. He's one of these guys whose perceived value is greater than his actual value -- he's basically a slightly better version of Kevin Mench, although he's perceived as a quality middle-of-the-lineup bat -- but as a righthanded corner outfielder, he could be attractive to the Rangers come the trade deadline, particularly if either Dellucci or Nix aren't hitting much.

Benjie Molina, meet Jody Reed.