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Cliff Lee throws complete game as Mets and Twins reportedly emerge as trade talk 'frontrunners'

Jun 24, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

Cliff Lee was brilliant again last night as rumors continue to swirl about his time in Seattle winding down, holding the Cubs to one run in a complete-game victory that lowered his ERA to a league-best 2.39.
Lee missed most of April, yet leads the league with four complete games (including two shutouts) and has an absolutely ridiculous 76/4 K/BB ratio in 87 innings. To put that into some context Bret Saberhagen holds the all-time record with 11.0 strikeouts per walk in 1994 and no other pitcher in baseball history who qualified for the ERA title ever had 10 strikeouts per walk.
Right now Lee has 19.0 strikeouts per walk.
Obviously the Mariners didn’t plan on being 30-41 and all but out of the playoff picture in June, but the good news is that Lee has maintained his full trade value and then some. Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times reports that the Mets and Twins are the front-runners for Lee at this point, speculating that Minnesota has the potential edge in the form of Wilson Ramos because Seattle wants a good catching prospect.
Baker notes that Ramos “could make a centerpiece to a deal along with a mid-to-back-end starting pitcher” that would presumably be Scott Baker or Kevin Slowey. He also wonders if the Mets could trump that by offering Jenrry Mejia and Angel Pagan. Of course, a report out of New York yesterday said the Mets were unlikely to deal Mejia.

  1. john pileggi - Jun 24, 2010 at 2:05 PM

    Trading Pagan before Beltran is fully back is a risk. Lee is a front line guy and is worth a big package. But, he intends to test the Free Agent market, and giving up a strong prospect and a valuable young veteran is a risk unless an extension can be signed at point of trade.

  2. ThatGuy - Jun 24, 2010 at 2:06 PM

    Send Baker and Ramos… A playoff rotation of Lee, Liriano and Pavano would be as good as anyone else has to offer.

  3. Jonny5 - Jun 24, 2010 at 2:20 PM

    I’ll cry like a bitch if Lee goes to the Mutts. I’ll cry like this guy… Ok, well my eye liner won’t run like his did, but you get the idea….

  4. BigPhil - Jun 24, 2010 at 2:22 PM

    As someone who grew up in Philly and is a huge Phillies fan, I can’t wait until he gets on the Mets and tears us a new one……. *cowering in fear of Cliff Lee’s revenge*

  5. charly - Jun 24, 2010 at 10:44 PM

    lets put a different spin on this – how about the yankees trading joba chamberlain for cliff lee? or better yet – trade burnett for lee. or even better – trade them both!!!

  6. charly - Jun 24, 2010 at 10:51 PM

    how about this for an idea? the yankees trade joba chamberlain for cliff lee? or even better – trade burnett for lee?? or better yet – trade them both for cliff lee??? yeah – that’s what i would do.

  7. 50-year Phils fan - Jun 25, 2010 at 1:50 PM

    Speaking for all Phillies fans, let’s hope Cliff goes to the Twins and not to the Mets . . .

  8. bbeer - Jun 25, 2010 at 2:24 PM

    lowered his ERA to a league-best 2.39.
    come on guys….

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