Posted on: June 17, 2010 1:07 pm
Edited on: June 17, 2010 2:29 pm

Suitors lining up for Mariners' Lee

Cliff Lee Trading season is heating up, and the Mariners' Cliff Lee is expected to be at the forefront of trade speculation.

Lee, on his third team in two seasons, is an impending free agent and would be more useful to the 25-41 Mariners at this point as a trade chip. That doesn't mean they will --  the M's could choose to hang onto Lee, offer him arbitration in the offseason and snag two draft picks as compensation.

That won't stop teams in contention from trying to snag Lee.

Lee is one of the best pitchers in the game, winning the 2008 AL Cy Young award and is his usual dominant self on the year. His 0.93 WHIP leads the majors with a sensational 60/4 K/BB ratio that is near unheard of in 68 2/3 innings of a 2.88 ERA.

The Yankees are most closely tied to Lee, with multiple reports saying that New York is in love with the left-hander, and that it is a virtual certainty he dons pinstripes no later than 2011. While the Yankees could wait for the offseason to bring the lefty in as a free agent, they may also be open to bringing him in midseason as the team seeks back-to-back World Series titles.

If not the Yankees, the 31-year-old's former team may have interest. Jack Curry of YES reported Tuesday that the Phillies "would love to get Cliff Lee back." The Phils dealt Lee to the Mariners in the offseason after acquiring Roy Halladay. At the time, GM Ruben Amaro defended trading Lee, saying the team needed to restock its farm system after gutting it in the trade for Halladay and 2009 midseason deal for Lee from the Indians.

Now, the Phillies are looking for starting pitching solutions. While they may settle on Pedro Martinez, Lee would be just as good a fit, if not better. In addition, Lee's price will be lower than when Philadelphia sent him to Seattle. Lee would certainly help the Phillies down the stretch, and the Phillies should be commended for being willing to buck perception that they may have made a mistake trading Lee in the first place in the name of a playoff run.

You can also add the Twins to the list of teams hot to trot for Lee. Tom Pelissero of 1500 ESPN Radio reveals the Twins may make a run at the left-hander.

Yes, it's odd to think the Twins could be interested in Lee, but these aren't your older brother's Twins. Minnesota is in a brand new park and has a payroll in the $95 million vincinity. Adding Lee for the stretch run could do wonders for a squad leading the AL Central but with no true ace on the staff -- unless you include Francisco Lirano, who has ace stuff but not the track record.

The Twins have some ready-made solutions for the Mariners in terms of trade chips, such as Ben Revere. Revere was the organization's first-round pick in 2007 and is producing at Double-A. He's expendable because the Twins are deep in the outfield with Michael Cuddyer, Jason Kubel, Denard Span and Delmon Young.

Also working in the Twins' favor is the availability of top prospect Wilson Ramos, who catches. Of course, catcher's not a problem for Minnesota and won't be for years, as Joe Mauer is locked up to a long-term extension. That frees up Ramos for trade discussions, and the Mariners would certainly be intrigued by Ramos. Seattle has no clear catcher of the present or the future, a problem Ramos would solve.

This much is certain: Lee will be a hot commodity the closer the trade deadline approaches, and Seattle won't lack for suitors.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 11, 2010 6:46 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:56 am

Lowell's last days in Boston?

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, via Twitter , reports that the Red Sox are talking to the Twins, Angels and Rangers are talking to the Red Sox about Mike Lowell.

Lowell, 36, is hitting .225/.313/.338 in limited time with the Red Sox. Lowell finds himself behind new third baseman Andre Beltre and Kevin Youklis at first. Lowell has 80 plate appareances in 27 games for the Red Sox and is in the lineup tonight, just his third game this month.

However, Lowell may be needed. Kevin Youkilis is out of tonight's game after leaving Thursday night's game with back spasms. Manager Terry Francona said Youlilis should be available to pnch hit Friday and would be back in the lineup Saturday, according to MASN .

UPDATE: Rosenthal adds that the Red Sox may be looking to add outfield depth with the injuries to Jeremy Hermida and Jacoby Ellsbury, but Mike Cameron playing hurt. How about David DeJesus?

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 11, 2010 1:06 am

Hardy to DL

The Twins put shortstop J.J. Hardy on the disabled list with a sore left wrist and recalled infielder Trevor Plouffe.

Hardy had a cortisone shot on Tuesday, but after he was still sore following batting practice on Thursday, the Twins decided to put Hardy on the DL for the second time this season because of the wrist injury.

Hardy hasn't played a full game since June 4.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 9, 2010 8:25 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:12 pm

Familiar surnames in draft

Through 50 rounds of the MLB Draft, several familiar names -- or at least last names -- are picked . Among those kin to current or former big-leaguers drafted:

• Delino Deshields Jr. (1st round, Astros), son of Delino Deshields.
• Cam Bedrosian (1st round, Angels), son of Steve Bedrosian.
• Kellen Sweeney (2nd round, Blue Jays), brother of Mark Sweeney.
• Mel Rojas Jr. (3rd round, Pirates), son of Mel Rojas.
• Cory Vaughn (4th round, Mets), son of Greg Vaughn.
• James Baldwin III (4th round, Dodgers), son of James Baldwin.
• Dickie Thon Jr. (5th round, Blue Jays), son of Dickie Thon.
• Connor Narron (5th round, Orioles), son of Jerry Narron.
• Drew Cisco (6th round, Reds), grandson of Galen Cisco.
• Patrick Leyland (8th round, Tigers), son of Jim Leyland.
• Benjamin Gamel (9th round, Yankees), brother of Mat Gamel.
• JaDamion Williams (10th round, Twins), son of Reggie Williams.
• Reggie Williams Jr. (10th round, Cardinals), son of Reggie Williams.
• Hunter Jones (11th round, Indians), son of Tracy Jones.
• Josh Magee (18th round, Astros), son of Wendell Magee.
• Dillon Moyer (22nd round, Twins), son of Jamie Moyer.
• Ozney Guillen (22nd round, White Sox), son of Ozzie Guillen.
• Mark Tracy (22nd round, Rockies), son of Jim Tracy.
• Bryan Harper (28th round, Cubs), brother of Bryce Harper.
• Brett Bochy (30th round, Giants), son of Bruce Bochy.
• Benito Santiago Jr. (31st round, Cubs), son of Benito Santiago.
• Andy Fermin (32nd round, Blue Jays), son of Felix Fermin.
• Devon Ethier (32nd round, Dodgers), brother of Andre Ethier.
• Logan Thompson (33rd round, Indians), son of Robby Thompson.
• Andrew Benes (35th round, Cardinals), son of Andy Benes, nephew of Alan Benes.
• Bobby Geren (36th round, A's), son of Bob Geren.
• Jake May (39th round, Reds), grandson of Lee May.
• Bo McClendon (39th round, Tigers), son of Lloyd McClendon.
• John Franco (42nd round, Mets), son of John Franco.
• Chad Wallach (43rd round, Dodgers), son of Tim Wallach.
• Benjamin Verlander (46th round, Tigers), brother of Justin Verlander.
• Joesph Jackson (50th round, Royals), great-great-grandnephew of "Shoeless" Joe Jackson.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 8, 2010 5:25 pm

Twins DL Hudson, but not Hardy

Manager Ron Gardenhire just told reporters the Twins have placed second baseman Orlando Hudson on the disabled list with a wrist injury. Hudson hasn't played since May 31, when he collided with Denard Span and hurt his surgically repaired left wrist. He'll be eligible to return June 15.

Shortstop J.J. Hardy, also sporting a sore wrist, was considered a candidate for the DL. Instead, he had a cortisone shot and the team will see how he responds in the next few days.

Taking Hudson's spot on the roster is Michael Cuddyer, who has been on the bereavement list while attending his father-in-law's funeral.

-- David Andriesen

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