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BREAKING: the Lee deal is blowing up — Rangers jumping in?

Jul 9, 2010, 4:08 PM EDT

UPDATE: Sherman is now hearing that it’s the Rangers jumping in (UPDATE: AOL’s Frankie Piliere, a former Rangers scout, is confirming that it’s the Rangers).  If a team is going to come and knock the Yankees’ offer out, it’s likely to be the Rangers and their extremely rich system.  The problem is that’s it’s rich in players, not money, and current payroll is a huge issue given the bankruptcy and all. But there are many potential workarounds there.  Like I said, we’re in anything-can-happen-land right now.

3:49: P.M.: Joel Sherman — who started this stuff at 4AM this morning — is reporting that the Cliff Lee deal is imploding:

Mariners backing off Yankees offer, Post has
learned. Does not look like Yankees are in it . . .
To repeat the Yankees aren’t getting
Cliff Lee, Mariners concerned about David Adams’ ankle plus apparently another team has
jumped in hard

We’re well into anything-in-the-world-can-happen territory right now, kids. No clue who the other team is. No clue if what Sherman says is true about the Yankees being out.  Either way, fasten your seat belts, because this is going to be a bumpy ride.

  1. YankeesfanLen - Jul 9, 2010 at 3:56 PM

    Well, if nothing else, we scared the crap out of everybody.

  2. ThatGuy - Jul 9, 2010 at 3:56 PM

    Praise Jebus….

  3. john pileggi - Jul 9, 2010 at 3:56 PM

    Someone either has bad sources or was in need of a dodgy scoop.

  4. Craig Calcaterra - Jul 9, 2010 at 3:58 PM

    I don’t read this as bad sources or a dodgy story at all. Deals need to have the details nailed down. One of the last ones is player health. It sounds to me like it was on the way to being done but was derailed at the last minute. These things happen.

  5. The Common Man - Jul 9, 2010 at 3:58 PM

    I’m really afraid the Twins are dealing both Ramos and Hicks now

  6. 27xchamps - Jul 9, 2010 at 4:01 PM


  7. Md23Rewls - Jul 9, 2010 at 4:04 PM

    If we don’t get him, all of those mean-spirited comments about the Yankees that everybody made this morning are going to go to waste! I’d hate for New York to have wasted your precious ranting energies, my friends.
    I wonder who the mystery team is. I tend to think Mets, but that’s just me wanting Lee out of the AL if he’s not going to the Yanks.

  8. ThatGuy - Jul 9, 2010 at 4:05 PM

    Twins should give them Ramos, Slowey and Ben Revere. Slowey could immidiatly take his spot in the rotation(obviously not the production) and Revere is a high average, no power outfielder with speed(think Juan Pierre). Ramos is also pretty much major league ready, but finishing off the campaign in AAA probably couldnt hurt him. As a Twins fan, I would be more than happy to give that up.

  9. Simon DelMonte - Jul 9, 2010 at 4:11 PM

    Not the Mets. They don’t have the level of prospects the Yanks did for this deal. That is clear.
    My guess is the Twins. Or maybe the White Sox.

  10. 27xchamps - Jul 9, 2010 at 4:14 PM

    KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK CRAIG !! Like you said these things happen in deals … then again these people whio are complaining dont have jobs so they wouldnt understand

  11. The Common Man - Jul 9, 2010 at 4:16 PM

    Could the White Sox really afford this deal though? Tyler Flowers is having a terrible year at AAA, and he’s their best catching prospect. I think the Sox are in the same boat as the Mets. That’s why I’m thinking the Twins may have caved on adding Hicks.

  12. The Common Man - Jul 9, 2010 at 4:17 PM

    The problem with that, ThatGuy, is that it still leaves Blackburn in the rotation. I would hope any deal alters that reality, or the Twins wise up and send him down to work out his issues and give Duensing a shot.

  13. Utley's hair - Jul 9, 2010 at 4:28 PM

    Jonny5, keep praying to any and all the deities that you were praying to. Maybe work in a request for a Werth-Lee swap?

  14. ThatGuy - Jul 9, 2010 at 4:31 PM

    Leaving blackburn in the rotation is a problem, and i would trade him over Slowey in a second. I have read a couple of articles that said they didn’t want him however(how could they). I do agree it’s time to give Duensing a shot. He has pitched well in the bullpen, and last year as well. But even if it does leave Blackburn as the fifth, thats not to terrible. Lee, Liriano, the Pavstache and Baker(who has always been a second half pitcher) is a good enough top four for the rest of the season and Blackburn wouldn’t even sniff the mound in the post season.

  15. ThatGuy - Jul 9, 2010 at 4:32 PM

    Don’t even get your hopes up, NO GM would trade an all-star type player for a pitcher he just traded away for cents on the dollar. Career suicide.

  16. Jason @ IIATMS - Jul 9, 2010 at 4:35 PM

    What a fun way to blow through a summer Friday, eh Craig?

  17. The Common Man - Jul 9, 2010 at 4:37 PM

    If it’s the Rangers, and they give up Smoak, does this mean Chris Davis is back in at 1B?

  18. ThatGuy - Jul 9, 2010 at 4:42 PM

    I have a really tough time believing the Rangers would give up Smoak for 2 months of Lee. Espiecially with their well known financial situation. 5 years of control of a promising Major leaguer for 2 months of Lee? I can’t see that.

  19. john pileggi - Jul 9, 2010 at 4:44 PM

    To say this thing was “done” was a huge miss-statement. Yanks and Mariners each have very seasoned GM’s who pull the trigger. Deals are not done until they say so. If the reporter has a source other than those two, it could easily be someone who has an agenda or is simply trying to be relevant. A reporter who runs with that kind of info is either not doing his job or has a bad editor that lets ohrases like “done” being used without caveats. Dont blame the source for a poor peice of reporting.

  20. YankeesfanLen - Jul 9, 2010 at 4:47 PM

    Ain’t it grand? We’ve got Yankee-haters crawling out of the woodwork!

  21. Utley's hair - Jul 9, 2010 at 4:47 PM

    Just shooting for the unreachable. Though, arguably, Rube tried to commit career suicide for agreeing to the deal to begin with.

  22. Schlom - Jul 9, 2010 at 4:56 PM

    Why would the Mariners do that when they could get Montero who is way better than any of those guys you named?

  23. ThatGuy - Jul 9, 2010 at 5:04 PM

    Montero may be the greater individual prospect, but prospects fail at times. Ramos is a good prospect that will stick at catcher and likely be fairly good hitter(not Montero’s level, but still good) which may make him as valuable if they want someone who will stick at catcher. Revere will be likely be major league outfielder as well, and Slowey has already shown he can be a good 3rd starter(with possible upside of 2 starter if he can come all the way back from his wrist injury last year). The Yankees may have the better center piece, but The Ms may value the sum of that trade scenerio more.

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