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Hey, Cliff Lee is scheduled to start against the Yankees tonight!

Jul 9, 2010, 9:08 AM EDT

The deal is not done yet, but to my knowledge — and the knowledge of any number of New York people I asked this morning — Joel Sherman has never really whiffed with one of these kinds of reports.  It’s never 100% safe to call a deal done before it actually is, but the odds are better on this one than you usually see, given the reporter in question.

So, if it does happen today, what do the Yankees do about the fact that Cliff Lee is scheduled to start tonight?  Would they dare keep him on schedule and have him go against the Mariners in their own park, mere hours after the deal?  Kind of awkward, ain’t it?

Sherman says no.  His sources are telling him that the Yankees and Mariners “may have a gentleman’s agreement” to not have him start at all this series so as not to embarrass the Mariners in their own park. It’s not clear, though, if, in the event dickering over the deal goes past start time of tonight’s game, whether the Mariners would start Lee against the guys who could be his teammates at any moment.


If Lee does start, would a bad start cause people to freak out and launch conspiracy theories that the fix was in? If he doesn’t make the start, would it cause people — mostly people in Boston and Tampa — to freak out about the Mariners basically giving the Yankees a night off? And heck, if he is traded to the Yankees before tonight’s game and he doesn’t start all weekend, what happens if the Yankees get beat three times and end up losing the division by a game or two? I imagine then that the Yankees fans would freak.

In the words of the immortal Johnny Caspar, it’s an interesting ettickal dilemma.

  1. easports82 - Jul 9, 2010 at 9:24 AM

    Um, the Mariners have been embarrassing themselves on a nightly basis in their own park this year.

  2. YankeesfanLen - Jul 9, 2010 at 9:41 AM

    When and if the deal is done I’ll compile my thoughts and hopefully have the support of a few other Universe fans who frequent here. For now, it’s not a done deal, but with the break imminent, I doubt if we’ll see Lee on the mound IF this goes down.

  3. Ditto65 - Jul 9, 2010 at 10:16 AM

    I wonder if the Yankees scouts will be there?

  4. Dan in Katonah - Jul 9, 2010 at 10:34 AM

    I wonder if the gentlemen’s agreement extends to the uniform he will wear in the All Star Game. Hate the Yankees…

  5. 27xchamps - Jul 9, 2010 at 10:45 AM

    hate is a disease Dan .. sucks for you h8r

  6. Dan in Katonah - Jul 9, 2010 at 10:50 AM

    And what, obnoxiousness is the cure? Hate keeps me warm and is more interesting than apathy. Feel free to start rooting for the Heat now.

  7. 27xchamps - Jul 9, 2010 at 10:56 AM

    still wont root for the heat! sorry jackass .. unfortunately a knick fan … and have been a yankee fan since the 80″s when we didnt win any championships so there goes your front runner rebutal.. have a hatefilled day ..maybe you could take a trip to woodstock or something or maybe your a gay mets fan
    Katonah huh sure theres alot going on there

  8. Dan in Katonah - Jul 9, 2010 at 11:05 AM

    Wow, nice screed for a guy who proclaims to be against hate. Maybe we should just commiserate as Knicks fans and call it a day.

  9. 27xchamps - Jul 9, 2010 at 11:11 AM

    i am against hate but im happy with being a dick!

  10. Ditto65 - Jul 9, 2010 at 12:46 PM

    I don’t think he hears you.

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