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Agent softens quotes about Cliff Lee's future with the Mariners

May 4, 2010, 3:45 PM EST

Over the weekend agent Darek Braunecker made headlines and drew criticism for saying he “wouldn’t anticipate” Cliff Lee re-signing with the Mariners, with my main beef being that there’s just no need to say stuff like that six months from free agency and immediately after Lee’s first start.
Lee apparently agreed, because he quickly tried to downplay the quotes, and now Braunecker has done his best to backtrack:

I can tell you this much, based on Cliff Lee’s initial impression of the Seattle Mariners organization, the city of Seattle, the club overall … Cliff is as excited as he can be about being there. What his future holds is anybody’s guess. We don’t know. We haven’t had any substantive conversations with the organization. …



You never anticipate a deal with any club. The bottom line is we can’t anticipate any moves. But if the question is, do we anticipate Cliff not having an interest in being in Seattle long term, that would be the furthest thing from the truth. I can tell you, unequivocally, that he’s enjoyed everything about it, as we anticipated.



Without question, Cliff Lee’s primary criteria moving forward is how long and how sustainable is the high level of success for that club. That’s what Cliff Lee is looking at with this club and in hopes of being able to participate in a postseason with the Seattle Mariners. What happens from there is anybody’s guess at this juncture.

As a wise man once said: “Take it easy, Champ. Why don’t you sit this next one out, stop talking for a while.”

  1. Palooka Joe - May 4, 2010 at 4:56 PM

    Darek, put down the matches and back away from the bridge…

  2. carlos - May 4, 2010 at 5:01 PM

    “Cliff is as excited as he can be about being there.”
    The same could be said for my work place, and let me tell ya, that ain’t saying much.

  3. Route36West - May 5, 2010 at 7:41 AM

    “Without question, Cliff Lee’s primary criteria moving forward is how long and how sustainable is the high level of success for that club. That’s what Cliff Lee is looking at with this club and in hopes of being able to participate in a postseason with the Seattle Mariners. What happens from there is anybody’s guess at this juncture.”
    That is an outright lie because if it was true he would still be in Philly. No team except maybe the Yankees right now has a higher chance of sustainability as the Phillies to play at a high level and make the post season. The Phillies tried to sign him to a long term contract multiple times and he didnt want to do it. They didnt want to risk him leaving after this season so they went out and got Halladay. I love Cliff Lee he is a great pitcher and a great guy in and out of the clubhouse but his agent is a jacka$$ and if he keeps letting the guy speak for him people will forget it was his agent and not Lee who said all these stupid things.

  4. Young Gopher - May 5, 2010 at 12:54 PM

    I really enjoyed watching last year when Lee would have a little hissy fit when Carlos Gomez would try and lay one down. How terribly offensive, trying to get on base and all.

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