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Why Yankees may not wait for Lee

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09:15 AM ET 07.04 | The Cliff Lee sweepstakes is heating up, with the Reds and possibly even Yankees joining the Twins at the forefront. A.J. Burnett's problems have forced GM Brian Cashman to reconsider waiting for free agency to take his shot at Lee.

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July 4, 2010  09:36 AM ET

i have the strong feeling that the yankees might trade burnet plus two prospects for lee on a three way team, yankees are well known by the way they go to make business, something that the angels hesitate most of the times!!

July 4, 2010  09:40 AM ET

poor angels, their offense its really dead on the last two games i wonder where they going to get help when the halos don't like to expend big money on good players such as a good ace!!

July 4, 2010  10:23 AM ET

The Yankees have the players to win another championship and they are playing really well. I don't see the need for Lee at all.

July 4, 2010  10:32 AM ET

I don't think a team with three starting pitchers that are 10 game winners at present are looking for starting pitching.
It was Burnett who shut down the Phillies in game two to turn that series completely around. He is just as capable of turning it around the next three months.

July 4, 2010  10:50 AM ET

i guess cashman he is not waiting on burnett too long to turn things around, he knows the boss its keeping an eye on him, as a general manager there is no time to sleep on peace knowing that the team depends on his support as gm!

July 4, 2010  11:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I don't think a team with three starting pitchers that are 10 game winners at present are looking for starting pitching.It was Burnett who shut down the Phillies in game two to turn that series completely around. He is just as capable of turning it around the next three months.

Sure hope Brian Cashman has that mentality.................

July 4, 2010  11:16 AM ET

as a general manager, always be on his heels by not let his guard down trying to make the team more solid firm & strong rotation, we really know that there isn't small team on the american league, if the team has the $$$$$ then use it wisely!

July 4, 2010  11:28 AM ET

Yeah, that would be good for baseball, have the Yankee$$$ buy another player/championship.

July 4, 2010  11:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Sure hope Brian Cashman has that mentality.................

He is on the prowl, that is his job, but he is not looking for starting pitching. A bat to PH vs. left handers maybe?

July 4, 2010  11:34 AM ET

maybe cashman will use a factor surprise, and just do it seacretly, by time the other teams react it will be too late to try to trade for that type of player!!

July 4, 2010  11:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Yeah, that would be good for baseball, have the Yankee$$$ buy another player/championship.

Quit your complaining. I'm all for the Yankees giving their farm away in the middle of the season rather than have faith in the players they acquired. What's not to like about that? It makes their previous decisions look foolish, their ability to manage all that talent look nonexistent, and the possibility of more home-grown talent coming up slim at best.

Let "it" happen. It IS good for baseball.

July 4, 2010  12:00 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

i have the strong feeling that the yankees might trade burnet plus two prospects for lee on a three way team, yankees are well known by the way they go to make business, something that the angels hesitate most of the times!!

They had better be pretty strong prospects. Why would the Mariners want to take on Burnett?

July 4, 2010  12:24 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I don't think a team with three starting pitchers that are 10 game winners at present are looking for starting pitching. It was Burnett who shut down the Phillies in game two to turn that series completely around. He is just as capable of turning it around the next three months.

Not a surprising comment from a NY homer

July 4, 2010  12:56 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Quit your complaining. I'm all for the Yankees giving their farm away in the middle of the season rather than have faith in the players they acquired. What's not to like about that? It makes their previous decisions look foolish, their ability to manage all that talent look nonexistent, and the possibility of more home-grown talent coming up slim at best.Let "it" happen. It IS good for baseball.

What are you talking about?

Yankees starters are currently half homegrown: Cano, Jeter, Posada, Gardener, Pettitte, Hughes, Rivera...and those are just the regulars...

The Yankees keep what they need from their system and trade what they think is extraneous or not a good fit...for every Austin Jackson they give away, there is an Ian Kennedy...they have the smartest minds in the game assessing and reassessing daily...

The smart move is AJ and Austin Romine plus another lower prospect for Lee and cahs considerations. Mariners get a starter ready pitcher and a catching prospect who can handle the glove and hit for power...

July 4, 2010  01:33 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Quit your complaining. I'm all for the Yankees giving their farm away in the middle of the season rather than have faith in the players they acquired. What's not to like about that? It makes their previous decisions look foolish, their ability to manage all that talent look nonexistent, and the possibility of more home-grown talent coming up slim at best.Let "it" happen. It IS good for baseball.

yes, clearly the Yanks have traded away ALL their minor league talent. 'Slim at best'????? You haven't been paying attention, bud. Clearly. The Yanks have guys like Robinson Cano (best hitter in baseball this year), Brett Gardner (batting .314), Phil Hughes (All Star pitcher) and Francisco Cervelli starting on the best team in baseball......while all of the minor league guys they trade away are rarely heard from.

The truth of the matter is that the Yanks are one of the best organizations at hyping up AA and AAA talent as the next great thing, giving them the ability to get Grade A talent in return.

And really, if they want Lee, they'll just move catching prospect Jesus Montero and some others for him.....and win ANOTHER world series.

July 4, 2010  01:36 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

What are you talking about?Yankees starters are currently half homegrown: Cano, Jeter, Posada, Gardener, Pettitte, Hughes, Rivera...and those are just the regulars...The Yankees keep what they need from their system and trade what they think is extraneous or not a good fit...for every Austin Jackson they give away, there is an Ian Kennedy...they have the smartest minds in the game assessing and reassessing daily...The smart move is AJ and Austin Romine plus another lower prospect for Lee and cahs considerations. Mariners get a starter ready pitcher and a catching prospect who can handle the glove and hit for power...

I'd rather see them move Montero, to be honest. Montero will NEVER be a quality catcher...ever. Eventually he'll be moved to 1st base (we have no need for another 1st baseman...especially not in a few seasons).

July 4, 2010  01:38 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

i have the strong feeling that the yankees might trade burnet plus two prospects for lee on a three way team, yankees are well known by the way they go to make business, something that the angels hesitate most of the times!!

AJ's contract makes him almost impossible to move. The Mariners want cheap, good prospects

July 4, 2010  02:09 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

i have the strong feeling that the yankees might trade burnet plus two prospects for lee on a three way team, yankees are well known by the way they go to make business, something that the angels hesitate most of the times!!

You have no clue. First of all, he's making a ton of money. He pitched great for the Yankees last year and was pitching great this year until he lost his way. The Yankees aren't gonna give up on him, and another team isn't going to take on his contract while he's amidst his struggles.

July 4, 2010  03:16 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Not a surprising comment from a NY homer

It is fact. You could look it up. Three starting pitchers with 10 wins, and it was Burnett who won game two to turn the series around.
What is your problem, it has nothing to do with what I wrote. Tell me the part that is not fact. The only conjecture was that Burnett could turn his season around.
You seem like an uninformed hater. Informed ones are a lot better, they still have rational thoughts.

 
July 4, 2010  03:19 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

yes, clearly the Yanks have traded away ALL their minor league talent. 'Slim at best'????? You haven't been paying attention, bud. Clearly. The Yanks have guys like Robinson Cano (best hitter in baseball this year), Brett Gardner (batting .314), Phil Hughes (All Star pitcher) and Francisco Cervelli starting on the best team in baseball......while all of the minor league guys they trade away are rarely heard from.The truth of the matter is that the Yanks are one of the best organizations at hyping up AA and AAA talent as the next great thing, giving them the ability to get Grade A talent in return. And really, if they want Lee, they'll just move catching prospect Jesus Montero and some others for him.....and win ANOTHER world series.

Now you did it. some will just hate the facts....

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