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The Mariners are asking a ton for Cliff Lee

Jul 7, 2010, 6:10 PM EDT

Dear lord, we are way, way short on our daily Cliff Lee post quota!  How will baseball ever compete with the NBA hype at this rate?  Let’s fix that with one last Cliff Lee tidbit of the day.

Rosenthal and Morosi are saying that the Mariners are seeking “a mammoth return” for Cliff Lee.  This in the wake of the Wilson Ramos/Aaron Hicks offer they reportedly got from the Twins. An offer, by the way, that Rosenthal and Morosi (or, as I like to call them “Roseosi”) note was not confirmed.  They suggest that it may have been Ramos and Kevin Slowey in the deal, not Hicks.  I don’t know. I just work here. It’s possible, of course, that such rumblings are merely designed to challenge other teams to up their offers.

Seems to me that the Mariners are in the catbird seat on this one, though.  It’s not like they have to worry about the pennant race, and every day we get closer to July 31st increases the panic factor in everyone who wants to land the lefty.

  1. DualLeads - Jul 7, 2010 at 6:45 PM

    It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to assume this – of course they’re asking for a lot. DUH

  2. Ick McWang - Jul 7, 2010 at 7:08 PM

    Does Seattle need a shortstop? I’d imagine the Rays wouldn’t mind offloading Jason Bartlett. Everyone talks of them dealing Upton, but Bartlett makes more sense, and the Rays have Reid Brignac, who is very capable of producing similar results as Bartlett. Plus if I am not mistaken the Rays also have Tim Beckham, top pick 2008, who plays shortstop in A ball or AA ball, wherever he is.

  3. birdman6824 - Jul 7, 2010 at 8:36 PM

    Or, instead of Roseosi, you could refer to them as Rosenrosi:
    (with apologies beforehand)
    Rosenrosi, get on board
    We’re gonna ride till there ain’t no more to go
    Twitter it slow
    Lord, don’t you know
    We got all night
    To set the world right
    Find us a dream that don’t asks no questions, yeah

  4. JBerardi - Jul 7, 2010 at 8:48 PM

    “Seems to me that the Mariners are in the catbird seat on this one, though. It’s not like they have to worry about the pennant race, and every day we get closer to July 31st increases the panic factor in everyone who wants to land the lefty.”

    The other thing to remember is that they can still keep Lee and take the draft picks when someone signs him in the offseason– and from what I hear, next year’s draft class is shaping up to be one the strongest/deepest in a decade plus. Given that, they should absolutely hold out for the best deal possible, because even if they get burned in doing so, they don’t wind up empty handed.

  5. Jonny5 - Jul 8, 2010 at 10:01 AM

    Ruben Amaro is a moron. Letting this guy go for who? This makes Philly fans insane! Amaro may be drawn and quartered by the “deadline”.

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