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The Mets' price tag for Cliff Lee: Mejia or Wilmer Flores

Jun 30, 2010, 11:16 AM EST

Joel Sherman on the chances of Cliff Lee going to the Mets:

Thus, if the Mets want Lee — and, boy, do they ever — a trade will have
to be built around Jenrry Mejia, whom Seattle likes, but does not love,
or Wilmer Flores, an 18-year-old infielder already thriving at High-A. In conversations with Mariner officials, I strongly sensed they would
accept no less than one blue-chip prospect or they will not do this
trade.

That throws water on the “F-Mart + Josh Thole will get it done” chatter I’ve seen from Mets fans around the interwebs.

Of course it’s worth noting that (a) I’ve only seen that chatter from the type of people who spend half the summer making up impossible trade scenarios that benefit their team; and (b) even though this post has to do with basketball, it’s worth keeping in mind every time you read trade rumor mongering like Sherman’s.

  1. Jonny5 - Jun 30, 2010 at 11:23 AM

    Craig, would you like to join me in prayer tonight? I’m planning on praying to every god that is known to man that the Mets don’t get to make any deal that includes them getting Cliff Lee. Where’s Gator, i’m sure he’s got a list of these gods…. Just don’t want to miss any…

  2. Benny Blanco - Jun 30, 2010 at 11:31 AM

    This seems like a no brainer. Even if it is for a rental player.
    Jonny, I’ll be countering your prayers.

  3. Alex K - Jun 30, 2010 at 11:38 AM

    PRAYER WAR!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Chris Fiorentino - Jun 30, 2010 at 11:48 AM

    Don’t worry about it Jonny5…as much as I love Cliff Lee, and as much as I hate Amaro for giving him away, the Mutts will still be the Mutts even if they get Lee. Once that Mutt Beltran comes back, the team will again fold like a cheap suit like they have done 3 seasons running. The Phillies are finally getting to the cupcakes in their schedule…indians, pirates, reds, etc. They will be in first place by mid-July if not sooner. And to think, they will do it without 37.5% of their starting line-up.

  5. Professor Dave - Jun 30, 2010 at 12:04 PM

    This is the kind of cogent analysis that makes HBT a destination on the internet!
    Anyone see the piece on Boston – offered Lee for Buchholz last July straight up, turned it down.

  6. Jonny5 - Jun 30, 2010 at 12:37 PM

    Just saw this. “CINCINNATI — The Phillies are in the market for starting pitching, and they had a scout at Tuesday’s game between the Yankees and Mariners at Yankee Stadium in New York, where Mariners left-hander Cliff Lee was pitching.
    The Phillies traded Lee to the Mariners in December following the Roy Halladay trade because they said they needed prospects to replenish the farm system. It is believed the Phillies do not have enough Minor League talent to re-acquire Lee, but they could be covering their bases if they feel they can make a move.”

  7. Old Gator - Jun 30, 2010 at 12:47 PM

    In that photo, lee would have the same expression as your “what th…” dog if he just cocked his head a bit.

  8. Benny Blanco - Jun 30, 2010 at 1:13 PM

    Amaro – GM of the year.

  9. Jonny5 - Jun 30, 2010 at 1:23 PM

    Dude, I hope that wasn’t sarcasm. Since all y’all got is Minaya. ;>P

  10. Utley's hair - Jun 30, 2010 at 1:36 PM

    Can we trade TMac and Wheels for Lee?

  11. JasonC23 - Jun 30, 2010 at 1:41 PM

    “The Phillies are finally getting to the cupcakes in their schedule…indians, pirates, reds, etc.”
    One of these things is not like the other…

  12. Jonny5 - Jun 30, 2010 at 1:45 PM

    Hells no, but they can trade this guy since he’s like totally worthless to the Phills now with Howard’s huge contract. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/412529-mlb-trade-rumors-matthew-rizzotti-heating-up-at-the-right-time
    A good young firstbaseman/DH? I don’t know but the Mariners could use some cheap “O” I heard.

  13. Benny Blanco - Jun 30, 2010 at 2:11 PM

    Its not sarcasm. As of right now, Minaya had a better offseason. I am no fan of Minaya and would not be upset if he were replaced. But he is due some credit considering you, Craig and Met fan BC were predicting a 70 win season.
    Any GM who trades a great pitcher in the offseason to replenish their farm system, gets virtually nothing major league ready in return and then wants to get him back that same season deserves a rasie.

  14. Jonny5 - Jun 30, 2010 at 2:19 PM

    Man if he could actually pull it off, how redeeming would it be???

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