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Mariners could trade Cliff Lee sooner than you think

Jun 26, 2010, 8:40 AM EDT

Two executives from clubs that have inquired about Cliff Lee tell Ken Rosenthal of that the Mariners are willing to move the left-hander “immediately” for the right offer.

This particular piece of information didn’t grab me right away either, because I would think any team should be willing to do that, but Rosenthal adds that one executive predicts the Mariners will move Lee “in 7 to 10 days, following a timetable similar to the one the Indians used when they traded left-hander CC Sabathia to the Brewers on July 7, 2008.”

The logic is simple. Trading him now could maximize his return, save a larger portion of his remaining $9 million salary and avoid the risk of Lee suffering an injury that could diminish his trade value.

Rosenthal reports that the Mets, Dodgers and Rangers have inquired about Lee, while the Twins are viewed as the front-runner and the Yankees are more likely to pursue him in free agency.

We’ll obviously know pretty quickly if there’s anything to Rosenthal’s sources, but anytime he does a story about Lee, my ears perk up. Remember, he was the one who floated that “three-way trade” rumor involving Lee last December, even though it was presented as a hypothetical.

  1. john pileggi - Jun 26, 2010 at 9:36 AM

    The Twins have come a long way if they are buyers this year. A new park will do that.

  2. Dawgpound2009 - Jun 26, 2010 at 9:41 AM

    Cliff Lee + NYY = 2011

  3. lawt02062 - Jun 26, 2010 at 11:44 AM

    Red Sox should go for broke and get Lee! Youk, Bowden whomever. Never enough pitching.

  4. lawt02062 - Jun 26, 2010 at 11:49 AM

    Cliff Lee + BOS = should be NOW!

  5. Cleareye - Jun 26, 2010 at 12:08 PM

    Lee is just what the Dodgers need but we have amateur ownership, a retiring Vin Scully and Joe Torre. Dodger attendance and fan interest will evaporate next year. They run the risk of becoming another Clipperlike team.

  6. charly - Jun 26, 2010 at 4:47 PM

    i agree – trade them joba and burnett.

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