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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. Kevin S. - Jul 10, 2010 at 9:29 AM

    A) The Yankees have a couple of catching prospects who will actually stay behind the plate. Montero is not Posada’s replacement. B) It’s not like the Yankees were absorbing a ton of salary here. They were offering up a top-5 prospect for Lee.

  2. Pisano - Jul 10, 2010 at 9:41 AM

    Good point ,plus chances are he’ll be wearing pinstripes at the beginning of next season . This move just delayed the inevitable , if the Yankees still want him , they’ll get him.

  3. Pisano - Jul 10, 2010 at 9:45 AM

    Your right , but the old saying always prevails ” money talks , and bullshit walks ” that’s the difference .

  4. JB (the original) - Jul 10, 2010 at 9:47 AM


  5. dlf - Jul 10, 2010 at 11:28 AM

    If Montero doesn’t stay behind the plate, he’s not a top 5 prospect. You can’t have it both ways.

  6. Kevin S. - Jul 10, 2010 at 11:56 AM

    False. Everybody I’ve read who has ranked him in their top-five does so believing he won’t stick behind the plate. The bat is that good. The non-Yankee scouting world hasn’t believed he’ll stick for the past couple of years, and they still love him as a prospect.

  7. Dannyboy - Jul 10, 2010 at 12:08 PM

    My question on this subject is how does a team which has filed for aid under chapter 7 laws able to take on another 1.5 million dollars? Is this more money we will end up paying for? Reminds me of 2001 when mlb paid the salaries of the Diamondbacks because they were so broke the could not pay even their office staff. Does it take an entire league to beat the yankees?

  8. Johnnyb10 - Jul 10, 2010 at 12:42 PM

    “Poor wittle Yankees. Can’t always get what you want.”
    The Yankees didn’t get Cliff Lee. But if Texas does somehow make the playoffs & they have to play the Yankees, they will loose, as usual. And the Yankees will even beat Cliff Lee because Texas will have to over-use him just to get there. Then the Yankees will win the world series & sign Lee next winter. That is what The Yankees want & that is what they’ll get. Now learn to speak like an adult.

  9. fred117 - Jul 10, 2010 at 2:54 PM

    I don’t disagree with you that the Yanks will eventually get Lee but you’re wrong if you think he’s nothing to fear in the postseason. So far Lee has owned the Yanks and the Rangers won’t be overusing him – they are walking away with the AL Worst and will probably win it just by finishing over .500. You’ll have to rely on the traditional Texas summer swoon or the laws of averages catching up on Lee for your prediction to pan out.

  10. Jonny5 - Jul 12, 2010 at 8:47 AM

    I’m just glad the Bankees didn’t get Lee. And for all the people saying, “they’ll just get him next season” , Say’s who? Maybe another team will need pitching more than they do. I know the Bankees like throw out big contracts, but I don’t think they’ll over pay a guy “just because” If they really don’t need to. Someone else may need pitching desperately and pay for it.

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