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Report: the Yankees are "livid" with the Mariners

Jul 9, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

The Yankees thinksthe Mariners screwed 'em over.

Ken Rosenthal just tweeted something interesting:

Yankees livid with Mariners. Believed they
had deal, then M’s took it to Rangers saying put Smoak
in and Lee is yours . . . Rangers jumped. Adams’ ankle injury was excuse for M’s to
back out. “You just don’t do business that way,” one Yankee official


Look, you never know what goes down in a deal.  I’m going to guess that when the Mariners are reached for comment on this they’ll tell a different story.  Depending on how things really went down — the key factor is when, exactly, the M’s called the Rangers — this could be an example of sketchy dealing (i.e. the Mariners backing out of a done deal) or it could simply be some good tough work on the part of the M’s front office in playing the Yankees and the Rangers off one another.

I’ll offer this much, though: even if the M’s treated the Yankees poorly, the Yankees grousing about it to reporters seems beneath them.  Revenge is a dish best served cold, and the Yankees have any number of more private ways to mess with the Mariners later if they feel they were wronged today.

  1. Jason @ IIATMS - Jul 9, 2010 at 6:47 PM

    Guessing someone spoke with Hank, Lonn Trost or (most likely) Randy Levine. This smacks of Levine’s disdain for everyone he perceives below himself.
    This doesn’t have Cashman’s fingerprints on it.

  2. Cantankerous - Jul 9, 2010 at 6:49 PM

    Those no good Mariners denying the Yankees their God-given right to acquire whatever top-level talent they so desire.

  3. nps6724 - Jul 9, 2010 at 7:07 PM

    Poor wittle Yankees. Can’t always get what you want.

  4. Professor Dave - Jul 9, 2010 at 7:14 PM

    Yesterday NYC loses out on LeBron, today NYC loses on Cliff Lee. What’s next?

  5. Nasty Hook - Jul 9, 2010 at 7:16 PM

    Sounds like “You just don’t do business that way” was sent to Rosenthal in all-caps Comic Sans.

  6. Cam Winston - Jul 9, 2010 at 7:18 PM

    Oh, please, Rafael Furcal’s agent took the faxed offer from the Braves & showed it to the Dodgers and told them if they matched then he’d stay.
    Besides, has anyone told the Yankees that Posada isn’t 22 or do they really expect to purchase every all-star due to their monumental payroll?

  7. erik - Jul 9, 2010 at 7:18 PM

    Yeah, what were the Mariners thinking? The Rangers package might have been better, but the Yankees prospects have that Yankee mystique. Jeez, what idiots.

  8. JBerardi - Jul 9, 2010 at 7:53 PM

    Comic Sans reference FTW.

  9. SanFranciscoKid - Jul 9, 2010 at 8:08 PM


  10. naz - Jul 9, 2010 at 8:14 PM

    you couldn’t just add more dollars this time yankees an thats good for baseball HA HA HA

  11. Glenn - Jul 9, 2010 at 8:17 PM

    Oh no. The Yankees are going to buy a whole team and destroy them with a magnifying glass in the hot July sun in furious “Little Lord Fontelroy” anger.

  12. Raydahz - Jul 9, 2010 at 8:39 PM

    Sounds like a Mariners play both the Rangers and the Yankees pretty well. It’s quite sad and immature for the Yankees to come out and whine about it…

  13. Ditto65 - Jul 9, 2010 at 8:43 PM

    Can we all please remember that the Reigning World Champions also own the best record in baseball? And that there attempt to trade for a pitcher that they do not need led to the Rangers depleting their farm system? And that Lee won’t be enough to help the Rangers go all the way, and their future now looks just a bit more bleak? So yeah, the Rangers got Lee, but what did they really get?

  14. naPS - Jul 9, 2010 at 8:49 PM

    The Yanks are upset because the Mariners told the Yankees the exact package they wanted for Lee, the Yankees agreed to their terms, and then the Mariners reneged on the deal. It’s equivalet to coming to terms with the salesman for a car, and then having him change the terms for no reason. It’s unprofessional and just bad business.

  15. Dan in Katonah - Jul 9, 2010 at 8:54 PM

    I wonder how many free agents were swooped up by the Crankies at the last minute when they opened up the wallet and flashed the cash? Don’t get me wrong, I respect a rich team that is willing to spend what it takes to win, but please spare us the sour grapes that you got out-flanked.

  16. YankeesfanLen - Jul 9, 2010 at 9:40 PM

    Agree completely with your observation. Maybe Trader Jack will end up with a horse’s head in his bed tonight.

  17. Glenn - Jul 9, 2010 at 9:42 PM

    As a Red Sox fan – a big market team, no doubt; I cannot think of one time where the Yankees and the Red Sox both wanted a player and the Sox got him. The Yanks have swooped in at the last minute numerous times, most recently Teixeira.

  18. Secretary Cleary - Jul 9, 2010 at 10:06 PM

    Who cares if the M’s may have reneged on the deal. Not like Cliff Lee won’t be in pinstripes from 2011-2016, signing a 6 year, $120 milllion contract with NYY this December. Why give up prospects now when Cashman can sign Lee, like Craig mentioned earlier this morning. Besides, Cashman needs the kids next July to acquire a moveable contract.

  19. jwb - Jul 9, 2010 at 10:20 PM

    If one of the prospects the Yankees were offering was known to have a damaged ankle and the Mariners knew the extent of the damage, this would be a true statement.

  20. fred117 - Jul 9, 2010 at 10:22 PM

    This depends on which side you look at it from. Trader Jack could say the Yanks tried to pawn off damaged goods in the deal with Adams’ injury. The bad faith arguement goes both ways.
    It seems entirely possible too that after the Rangers bankrupcy gets finalized in a few months and with Nolan Ryan’s leadership, that Arkansan Lee could very well decide Dallas is the place to be this winter.

  21. Old Gator - Jul 9, 2010 at 11:04 PM

    And of course Lee is made Borg this winter anyway, which means the Rangers wind up with….nothing, minus half their farm system.

  22. rebeljpl64 - Jul 10, 2010 at 12:23 AM

    Ok, as a long-time Rangers fan, I felt the need to let everyone belittling this trade in on what’s really gone down… Smoak was the ONLY piece that was hard to let go of, but at this point in time Davis and Smoak are putting up fairly similar stats, so no HUGE loss there. As far as Beavan, Lueke and Lawson are concerned, the first two are MAYBE at best the No. 4 or 5 pitchers in the system. They kept Perez and Scheppers, who are their two best pitching prospects. Lawson, never heard of him… If you guys think that means they depleted their farm, then you have sverely underestimated their depth. Also, to give up one good player and essentially 3 jobber to get back 2.5 mil plus Lee and Lowe is a steal. This move only makes them better even if it is just til the end of the season.

  23. jordanv - Jul 10, 2010 at 12:39 AM


  24. JBerardi - Jul 10, 2010 at 2:07 AM

    They get draft picks. And, Texas by no means traded “half their farm system”.

  25. EG - Jul 10, 2010 at 2:20 AM

    Is it to be implied that Seattle isn’t allowed to take one team’s best offer & ask another team to beat it? Huh…I figured that’s what everyone does. Geez…

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