NL Exec: Teams Shouldn’t Give Top Talent for Lee
By Mike Silva ~ June 26th, 2010. Filed under: Mike Silva, Rumor Mill.
Earlier today contributor Joe Demayo was told by an NL source that Jenrry Meija is a “must” in any deal for Cliff Lee. NYBD also reached out to a National League executive who said there should be “no reason” for the Mets, or any other team, to give up top talent for Cliff Lee because of the tight position Seattle is in.
This shouldn’t be a surprise as it’s been well documented the Mets are not willing to part with Ike Davis, Jonathon Niese, Angel Pagan, or Mejia for Lee. Personally, if I were Omar Minaya, I would trade Mejia for Lee even if he was just a rental. Minnesota obviously is willing to give up their top catching prospect, Wilson Ramos, but probably more due to the presence of Joe Mauer than anything. Make Seattle decided between the top catching and pitching prospect. Remember, this could happen very soon as Ken Rosenthal also reiterated a belief that we have stated here that Lee will be traded much sooner than the deadline.
What does this all mean? Seattle is trying to create a market for Lee that probably doesn’t exist. The Yankees are interested, but not for Austin Romine or Montero, Texas is in bankruptcy, and the Dodgers have the whole divorce proceedings. Right now the Twins are the favorites and probably because Ramos is the best player Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik could acquire. Remember, Lee is going to be a rental for any team that acquires him and that inherently reduces the value of the package.