Francisco accepts, Cliff Lee declines arbitration

As expected, Frank Francisco has accepted arbitration for the Rangers, meaning he will pitch for Texas in 2011. The club and Francisco have to work out the details of a deal.

That's certainly good news for Texas. Francisco is expected to be healthy from a strained right lat muscle and ready to go for spring training. He would likely be the club's primary eighth-inning setup man, like he was for much of 2010. He's an important power arm in the bullpen.

Cliff Lee, as expected, declined arbitration and becomes a free agent. The important thing there is that if Lee, a Type A free agent, signs elsewhere the Rangers would receive a first-round pick and a supplemental first-round pick in the 2011 draft.