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Lee trade just matter of time

Posted on: July 1, 2010 11:15 am
Edited on: July 1, 2010 12:26 pm
Cliff Lee So far, it looks like Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik is taking calls about Cliff Lee, but he's not making any.

It's widely assumed that the Mariners will deal Lee, the best starting pitcher expected to be available at the trade deadline. Technically, however, Lee doesn't appear to be on the market yet.

The Mariners' recent run of good play, then their surprising trade for (at least potential) offensive boost Russell Branyan on Sunday had people wondering: Do the Mariners still think they have a shot this year? And if so, might they keep Lee?

The answer to both of those questions is almost certainly no.

Yes, Seattle is playing its best ball of the year, winning nine of its past 12. Twice over that span, Lee and Felix Hernandez have delivered a 1-2 punch to a division-leading team (the Reds on June 18-19, the Yankees the past two days). That is conjuring visions of what might have been, if only Zduriencik had built the team with even adequate offense.

Unfortunately for the Mariners, winning 9 of 12 has gotten them nowhere in the standings. In fact, they've gone from 12 1/2 games behind Texas in the American League West to 14 games behind the sizzling Rangers.

The Branyan trade, according to Zduriencik's comments afterward, was meant to help his young team know what it feels like to win once in a while:
"If you look at our team, as we move forward, just about every player who is here now will be here again next year," he said. "We're committed to the development of our players and that goal, that objective, has never changed for us. But part of that development process is also winning games. We want our players to be able to experience winning games this year. And we're trying to do what we can to give them what they need to get there." Zduriencik knows 14 games is too much to overcome, or at least too far back to operate as if you're a contender. Only a contender should have Lee, who is going to be a free agent after the season and is pitching at the absolute top of his game, in the second half of the season.
Zduriencik still has 30 days to wait and see which contender makes the best offer. If something crazy happens and Seattle ends July within shouting distance in the division, it's not impossible that the Mariners would keep Lee and try to make a run. But it's extremely unlikely.

-- David Andriesen

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 2:32 am

Lee trade just matter of time

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Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: July 1, 2010 4:19 pm

Lee trade just matter of time

Either way the M's will make out. If he stays (highly unlikely), the Mariners have a potent 1-2 punch with Felix. If they trade him, they should get something back worthwhile, especially if they deal with the Twins. If the leaves after the season, they get two 1st round picks as compensation.

Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: July 1, 2010 3:20 pm

Lee trade just matter of time

I can see them trading Lee to the Twins for their young catching prospect and other players. I do not see them trading him to Texas or the Angels as they are both in our division. If they did trade him within our division it would have to be a great offer.

Since: Feb 1, 2010
Posted on: July 1, 2010 2:00 pm

Lee trade just matter of time

I don't think Seattle will trade Lee, but the potential suitors include the Yankees (of course), Minnesota, L.A. Angels, The Mets, and Dodgers. The Yanks may likely wait it out hoping that they can get Lee via free agency. The Dodgers may be light on what they can give in return. Out of the five, I can see the Angels making a real play for Lee. Getting Lee could catapalt them into a winning streak that could help the capture Texas.

Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: July 1, 2010 1:59 pm

Lee trade just matter of time

Thats funny you say the Mariners are the worst franchise in baseball. Look at the trades and loosing seasons the Pirates have had then you will see the worst franchise in baseball.

Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: July 1, 2010 1:24 pm

Lee trade just matter of time

Twins are in pretty good shape to make a trade.  They have the revenue.  They are  contender.  And, they have prospects including Ramos, an up and coming catcher.  I've read where Seattle is looking to upgrade at catcher, and the Twins have a pretty good catcher blocking Ramos from the majors.  Don't be surprised if the Twins pull it off.  Lee and Liriano 1 & 2 on top of the rotation would help keep the Twins on top and have a shot at beating NY or TB.

Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: July 1, 2010 1:12 pm

Lee trade just matter of time

It's always funny to watch the Mariners make stupid trades for nothing. Other GM's must sit back and laugh. So they trade to get Lee, less than a season later, they are trading him away. Mariners are the worst franchise in baseball.

Since: Nov 14, 2008
Posted on: July 1, 2010 12:16 pm

Lee trade just matter of time

You do realize we are talking about Russell Branyan? Why would picking him up signal the Mariners were thinking about making a run? The guy is a career .236 hitter that has been generally irrelevant throughout his career. The M's probably want a guy that is going to hit a homer here and there and Branyan can at least do that (nobody else on their team can).

Lee is on his way out. I just hope it's to the Twins. Would make sense for Seattle to get that catcher prospect they have rather than go the cliche route and trade him to the Yankees for nothing.

Since: Sep 8, 2009
Posted on: July 1, 2010 12:05 pm

Lee trade just matter of time

Come on Nolan and Co. Pull the trigger on Lee and get yourself those 92 wins!  It's Time!

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