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UPDATE: Agent 'wouldn't anticipate' Cliff Lee re-signing with Mariners

May 1, 2010, 9:40 PM EDT

UPDATE: Lee tried to soften the situation in a chat with reporters after Saturday’s game:

“Basically during the season I want to focus on pitching and not worry about that stuff. That’s more spring training and offseason type of stuff,” Lee said. “During the season I want to worry about pitching and focus on getting opposing hitters out rather than contract status and that stuff.”


3:22pm: Cliff Lee made his Mariners debut last night by shutting out the Rangers for seven brilliant innings, so naturally this afternoon his agent told ESPN.com’s Buster Olney that he “wouldn’t anticipate” the impending free agent remaining in Seattle beyond this season. Here’s more from agent Darek Braunecker:

We’re five months away from free agency, so I think that’s the most likely scenario at this point. We’ve not really had any significant discussions with Seattle. The way I look at it, there will be in excess of 15-plus clubs seeking a top-end of the rotation type of guy that will have the resources.

All of which is probably true, but quotes like that are why so many people dislike agents. What exactly is the point of saying that kind of thing to a prominent reporter literally hours after your client debuts for his new team? What, does Braunecker think he really needs to prime the pump for Lee’s free agency in six months?
Instead of perpetuating agent stereotypes and upsetting the fans he’ll be pitching in front of for at least the next few months, why not go with a “no comment” and just let Lee’s excellent debut be the story for a while?

  1. Drew Silva - May 1, 2010 at 3:28 PM

    I know: ego.
    A horrible, horrible ego.

  2. Clemente - May 1, 2010 at 3:45 PM

    If players didn’t want agents to act this way, the agents wouldn’t. Don’t let Lee off the hook. He could rebuke and/or fire his agent at will. So, the fans in Seattle should know what they have in Lee and treat him accordingly.

  3. Skip - May 1, 2010 at 6:34 PM

    So a player highly motivated to help the team, since when he succeeds, so does the team.

  4. Peebo - May 1, 2010 at 7:20 PM

    I think he’ll end up back with the Phillies. Amaro said the team needed some talent in the minors after depleting it in recent years, and now they got some back–they just need another top-of-the-line starter (and a closer) to make them competitive for the next 3-4 years. Of course, it really comes down to dollars (and winning) and the two best options in the NL are the Phillies and Cardinals.

  5. 60eagles - May 1, 2010 at 9:07 PM

    I will always be gratefull for his great help in winning the Pillies the 2009 World Series. Without him they don’t win…..But, this is the reason why the Phillies had to unload him. He as much said the same thing to them.

  6. 1975Mariners - May 1, 2010 at 10:53 PM

    I hope that’s sarcasm….

  7. Frank - May 1, 2010 at 11:45 PM

    The Phillies did not win the WS in 2009, the Yankees did. Your gratitude for Lee is misplaced.

  8. Pareto - May 2, 2010 at 10:42 AM

    Winning the World Series is great but winning the pennant is not too shabby either. Ask Bobby Thomson.

  9. Route36West - May 2, 2010 at 6:19 PM

    This makes the Roy Halladay deal look even better. Lee was going into free agency no matter what and the Phillies knew that. So they decided to trade for Halladay because they knew he would sign a multiple year contract and they wouldnt have to worry about him possibily leaving in free agency.
    Ya of course they could have kept Lee for 09 but then their farm system would have been barren. The Phillies have already made 2 world series without 3 top of the rotation guys. They really didnt need lee to make another one. Hamels has proven he can get them there himself adding in Halladay will make it that much easier.

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