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06:30 AM ET 07.08 | Cliff Lee continues to be a target of the Texas Rangers, who sources confirmed have had discussions with division rival Seattle about acquiring the left-hander in a trade. A baseball source indicated that the Mariners have interest in several prospects and young players who have experience at the big-league level. Seattle has inquired about the availability of, among others, first baseman Chris Davis and catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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July 8, 2010  06:46 AM ET

Lee has always had good range. He'll be a good fit for them.

July 8, 2010  07:30 AM ET

If we can get him for Davis and Salty, let's do it!

But... this ownership mess keeps getting worse and worse. I still don't see us making a move.

July 8, 2010  07:52 AM ET

Seattle just has to sit back and let the offers come to them, they're in no real rush to make a trade. And as some teams become more desperate the price will go up.

July 8, 2010  08:10 AM ET

Texas is by far the best trade partner for the mariners. Tons of quality offensive youngsters that are big league ready plus they dont really have much of a chance to resign him to a long term deal afterwards. So you take their loot, improve your O, then watch them suffer the next year when he leaves for ateam not in finacial flux.

July 8, 2010  08:34 AM ET

Right now, the demand for high quality pitching is way ahead of the supply. Seattle would be smart to wait, the trade deadline is a few weeks away and no team is going to make their first offer to be their best offer.

If Texas really thinks they have a shot, they will ante up more than this.

July 8, 2010  08:51 AM ET
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i would like to see Lee stay in seattle....just to prove all of the reporters and so called bball experts proved wrong. there would be no sports news without our minute by minute update on the expected new home for Cliff Lee, Lebron, Wade and Bosch...

I'm boycotting Sportscenter because of their following these players around with cameras and being stupid enough to take up every little crumb of cookie they leave behind.

July 8, 2010  09:09 AM ET
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i would like to see Lee stay in seattle....just to prove all of the reporters and so called bball experts proved wrong. there would be no sports news without our minute by minute update on the expected new home for Cliff Lee, Lebron, Wade and Bosch...

I agree, why not keep him and try to make a run with King Felix and Lee. If not then just take the 2 first round draft picks in next years draft.

July 8, 2010  09:20 AM ET
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that one-two punch is deadly and could be for a long time. they have no bats.

they should keep Lee and try and add a bat. that division, you never know. could be a long time before they have 2 quality pitchers like that again. go for it now.............

July 8, 2010  09:22 AM ET

No way it gets done for Salty and Davis.

You'd have to think Seattle is asking for a top prospect, and Texas has the bullets with either Perez or Scheppers to get it done.

July 8, 2010  09:25 AM ET
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they should keep Lee and try and add a bat. that division, you never know. could be a long time before they have 2 quality pitchers like that again. go for it now.............

They're 16 back, it's over.....BPRO's Postseason Odds give them a .09945% chance of making it.
They would be insane to not shop the best playing pitcher in the AL and see if they can get a bundle.

So long as they don't have to resort to a package like Gillies, and Aumont like Ruben did.

July 8, 2010  09:32 AM ET
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They're 16 back, it's over.....BPRO's Postseason Odds give them a .09945% chance of making it. They would be insane to not shop the best playing pitcher in the AL and see if they can get a bundle.So long as they don't have to resort to a package like Gillies, and Aumont like Ruben did.

problem is they're not going to get a bundle for a 2 month rental, no matter how good he is. they could probably get better players with the 2 added first round picks they could pick up when Lee walks.

July 8, 2010  09:33 AM ET

The Mariners have to trade Lee, no choice....he will go to the highest bidder, then after the season, he will go to the highest bidder again....

July 8, 2010  09:34 AM ET
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salty and teagarden are living, breating examples of why many highly touted prospects simply do not work out.

and to think Theo almost gave up Buchholz for Salty a couple years ago...........

July 8, 2010  09:35 AM ET
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salty and teagarden are living, breating examples of why many highly touted prospects simply do not work out.

Cool, and Neftali Feliz and Elvis Andrus who went along with Salty in the Teix trade are living, breathing examples of why highly touted prospects are highly productive, cheap, team controlled commodities.

Someone with MLB experience is no less of a risk to put up inconsistent numbers or flame out than a prospect is....plus they're much closer to arb.

July 8, 2010  09:39 AM ET
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problem is they're not going to get a bundle for a 2 month rental, no matter how good he is. they could probably get better players with the 2 added first round picks they could pick up when Lee walks.

Yeah, except since the Type A compensation picks are a known value to the team that picks him up which obviously raises the amount the Mariners could get for Lee.

It's a good back-up plan if no attractive offer is there, but if you think a Perez or Scheppers could be easily found every year in the sandwich round you're crazy. If a talent did slip that far it would be due to signability, and then the M's would have to pony up a signing bonus they wouldn't have to in a trade.

July 8, 2010  09:45 AM ET
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that is why getting a wheelbarrow full of young guys is better than just one or two...some work out, some dont

Plus, you can never tell who is going to work out. Hell, in the Martinez for Pavano and Armas trade, Pavano was considered a "can't miss prospect". He missed, badly.

July 8, 2010  09:50 AM ET

seatle has to make things more hard foe every single team regarless of the name, mariners should ask a major league pitcher on top of the list of players like add hunter,plus lewis,plus 3 minor leaguers just fair enough for the punchless mariners!!!

July 8, 2010  09:53 AM ET

mariners can't just trade this lucky charm of them just like that wait till the fire goes higher and take the best bet!!!

July 8, 2010  10:06 AM ET

Lee is as good as gone and the Ms seem to be content on getting their soecific needs filled, makes sense. And at least with the two prospects, MLB ready or close, they will know "better" what they are getting.

 
July 8, 2010  10:12 AM ET
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Yeah, except since the Type A compensation picks are a known value to the team that picks him up which obviously raises the amount the Mariners could get for Lee. It's a good back-up plan if no attractive offer is there, but if you think a Perez or Scheppers could be easily found every year in the sandwich round you're crazy. If a talent did slip that far it would be due to signability, and then the M's would have to pony up a signing bonus they wouldn't have to in a trade.

you make a good points, but there is talent and a lot of it after round 1. as a Red Sox follower, for example Buchholz was a sandwich pick. Lester and Pedroia were 2nd round picks and Youk wasn't taken till the 8th round. I believe the Yankees also got Joba in the compensation round.

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