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Forget it, Seattle: The Yankees aren't interested in Cliff Lee

Jun 9, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

cliff lee headshot mariners.jpgThe New York Post reported this morning that the Mariners were thinking about trying to peddle Cliff Lee to the Yankees. This afternoon the Daily News reports that they can peddle all they want, but the Bombers aren’t buying:

But despite a published report that suggested the Bombers were interested
in a deal for Mariners lefty Cliff Lee, a team
official told the Daily News that adding a starter is not in the
Yankees’ plans.

“There is no urgency to do anything with the
rotation,” the official said. “That’s not an area that we’re focused
on . . . Seattle may be doing its prep work by scouting a bunch of different teams, but it sounds like they’re doing more prep work than we are on this one.”

So that’s that. Or maybe that’s that. I have to remind myself about this every trade deadline, but a good rule of thumb is to believe absolutely nothin’ nobody says on the record when it comes to trade rumors. If you did, you’d come to think that no one is ever interested in anyone and no one is ever shopping anyone.

This is not to say that the Yankees really are interested in Lee. I just prefer to wait until someone with some connections starts reporting about actual talks to put any stock in these things. Whatever the case, just know that with all trade rumors, the B.S. factor is high. The key is learning how to cut through the B.S.

Or you can just let us do it for you for the next couple of months. We’re kinda good at it.

  1. YankeesfanLen - Jun 9, 2010 at 6:11 PM

    Other than fooling with the bench, an entirely optional program, or getting a reliever I can’t see what the Universe needs.
    Also keep forgetting to mention how well Swisher is doing in the two hole and right field. Line up his numbers with Johnnywho? and you’ll see.

  2. Don - Jun 9, 2010 at 7:00 PM

    He was never to be compared with Damon, now if you want to line up Damon’s numbers with Granderson (that’s who replaced him) then go ahead but you may not like what you see.

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  4. Jimmy - Jun 9, 2010 at 9:18 PM

    Granderson has more homers, more stolen bases, and only 3 fewer RBIs in about 90 less ABs. Not to mention he plays a much better outfield and actually has something that could be classified as an arm. What are you talking about? I like what I see.

  5. Pico - Jun 10, 2010 at 12:37 AM

    I totally agree with you . Damon was an accident waiting to happen in the outfield . One other note Granderson can actually throw a baseball more than twenty feet , can Damon do that ?

  6. Ron - Jun 10, 2010 at 9:23 AM

    The Yankees rotation is excellent as it is right now.
    Vasquez has come around reversing 1-4 to 5-5 and Sabathia And Burnett have been solid while Pettitte and Hughes have been sensational.
    The Yankees will shop for a dh type bat. Maybe add another lefty in the bullpen.
    They may have interest in Lee in the future as a replacement for Pettitte if he retires.

  7. TMW - Jun 10, 2010 at 10:04 AM

    I did not understand why the Yankees would make this deal when the reports were floating. They’re going deep into the post-season without him and they’re just going to sign him in the fall anyways. Why bother paying Seattle off with a haul of talent to get an advance?

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