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Plenty of names available to Mariners for Lee

Posted on: July 4, 2010 6:13 pm
Edited on: July 4, 2010 6:14 pm
 
Cliff Lee Could Jack Zduriencik of the Mariners be trying to engineer a three-team trade?

Buster Olney of ESPN speculates on Cliff Lee's future -- as everyone will do up until he is traded -- and notes that Seattle wants a "difference-making hitter" in any Lee trade.

Olney suggests Justin Smoak from Texas, but it's hard to imagine the Rangers agreeing to that. Perhaps Chris Davis is a more viable alternative, but Texas would then have to upgrade other elements of the package.

Another player that may catch Seattle's eye is Yonder Alonso of the Reds. Alonso was drafted as a first baseman but since Joey Votto has that position locked up, has been playing left. The Mariners could return him to his natural position of first or even slot him as DH, and the Reds would certainly love Lee as they make a push for the NL Central crown.

Olney then turns his attention to Brett Lawrie of Milwaukee. When Jack Z worked for the Brewers, he selected Lawrie in the first round of the 2008 draft. Lawrie has since emerged as one of the best prospects in the game while manning second base. Even though the Brewers are out of the race and wouldn't be interested in a Lee-for-Lawrie swap, Olney speculates that Zduriencik could engineer a three-way trade, sending Lee to the Reds, a stable of pitching prospects from Cincinnati to Milwaukee (fulfilling the Brewers' need for pitching) and Lawrie to the Mariners.

There's nothing to support this trade, but it's an intriguing idea.

All that said, Charley Waters of the Pioneer Press hears that the Twins are the frontrunners for Cliff Lee and are currently deciding whether Wilson Ramos should be made available to Seattle, who craves a young catcher. Interestingly enough, Waters says the Mariners love their 26-year-old catcher, Adam Moore, so Ramos may not be as available. Hard to imagine any team turning Ramos down who is head and shoulders above Moore but even if that's the case, Minnesota has more chips they can send out.

That starts with center fielder Ben Revere, who -- despite a clear lack of power -- has advanced well in the system since being selected in the 2007 draft. Joe Benson is another outfielder in the system that could be available, as well as major-league starting pitcher Nick Blackburn. It's doubtful Seattle would entertain Blackburn as the last thing they need is another back-of-the-rotation starter.

The Cliff Lee sweepstakes are heating up, and it's anyone's guess who plucks the prized left-hander with an obscene 89/6 K/BB ratio.

-- Evan Brunell

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 11:13 pm
 

Plenty of names available to Mariners for Lee

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Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: July 6, 2010 9:11 am
 

Plenty of names available to Mariners for Lee

When have the Mariners been Relivent Lately?    They are terrible too.    Jose is there right now.....just make the trade so we can bring Cliff lee back with us when we leave.



Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: July 5, 2010 6:44 pm
 

Plenty of names available to Mariners for Lee

Good. I hope the Yankees don't sign either Crawfor, Werth or Lee. They still have to re-up Jeter and Rivera this off season. Vasquez and Pettitte are both coming off the books so they should have some $ available. Pettitte should get resigned/offered arbitration. Vasquez is a goner. Please Yankees, offer Vasquez arbi hoping for a draft pick and get stuck with him again.



Since: Oct 26, 2006
Posted on: July 5, 2010 12:04 pm
 

Plenty of names available to Mariners for Lee

Olney, does put together some interesting ideas. Yes, the Reds do have Alonzo and he doesn't have a position with the Reds in the future even though I love his bat. I wondered why they drafted him because long term he really doesn't fit the plans. If the Brewers are in the 3 way team trade, I'd be upset if the Reds ship off some top pitching prospects to someone within the division. That could be a mistake long term. Lee could help the Reds out tremendously. I would like to sign him longer term once they let go of Harang after this year.



Since: Oct 26, 2006
Posted on: July 5, 2010 12:00 pm
 

Plenty of names available to Mariners for Lee

Yeah, ok. No wonder the Royals are always near the bottom. Ideas like this make no sense. The Mariners will get a lot more for Lee than Guillen. Not that Guillen isn't an upgrade at the plate, but those 2 don't even match up at all. 



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: July 5, 2010 10:59 am
 

Plenty of names available to Mariners for Lee

You may want to reason as to why you think the Yankees will sign Crawford when they already have a Left Fielder who is  having just as good a season, runs the bases just as well,l and probably has a better glove....and he is 3 or 4 years younger  to boot?   Cliff Lee ..yeah the Yanks will go after him real hard.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: July 5, 2010 10:53 am
 

Plenty of names available to Mariners for Lee

I do not see a draw back to Smoak or Davis. Smoak is supposed to be a better pure hitter, while Davis has more pure power. Both men are good with the glove but Davis has a clear advantage defensively too. Eventually the rangers have to decide will one of them go or does Mike Young so Davis can return to 3rd.
My thoughts are a Davis or Smoak + Teagarden + an arm for Cliff Lee makes sense IF the rangers are going to ink him long term.
If it is a rental I do not want to make the trade at all. 
It would be nice to think the rangers are legitimate world series contenders but it is not true yet. No need to mortgage the future for a pipe dream. 
I have to think including Mike Young, while unpopular as hell would be a logical move for the rangers. It lowers payroll providing more money for Lee, it gets another young player on the big league club, and it prevents an ugly Modano like scenario it the up coming years. Frankly Young could be worth more to some clubs (maybe not Seattle) 


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