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Yankees: Mariners pulled fast one

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08:36 AM ET 07.10 | The Yankees moved fast to swoop in and nearly trade for Cliff Lee yesterday before, they feel, the Mariners pulled a fast one and sent the ace left-hander to the Rangers. Yankees officials went to bed after Thursday night's game believing a deal had been finalized with the Mariners for Lee, pending acceptance of the physical reports on Yankees prospects Jesus Montero, David Adams and Zach McAllister. "The Yankees do not do business that way," an angered Yankees official said of the Mariners agreeing to a deal, but backing out before it could be finalized. "When we say something is a deal, it is a deal."

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July 10, 2010  08:48 AM ET

Waaahhhh! The Yankees don't get a player they want. My heart bleeds for them and their 200+ million dollar payroll.

July 10, 2010  08:56 AM ET

Like an objective official from a team said "You don't do that with any team."
But they can and they did. They must figure it was the best deal for them. Paying money to send the guy away is sad.
Just my opinion. The Mariners will be a lousy team for a long time. Lee will sign next year with the Yankees and his old pal C.C. and the Rangers have a real shot at winning it all this year.

July 10, 2010  09:03 AM ET

The lynchpin to this deal was Smoak. Mariners wanted him and got him.

It's a happy day in the northern sector of the Great State.

Now - if we could get this damn ownership mess squared away...

July 10, 2010  09:11 AM ET
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The lynchpin to this deal was Smoak. Mariners wanted him and got him. It's a happy day in the northern sector of the Great State. Now - if we could get this damn ownership mess squared away...

Now that will take some real time. You are right though, they wanted Smoak ( no I donot know a thing about him ).
I think the Rangers did well. A real shot this year, and even if he moves on, they were first place before he got there.

July 10, 2010  09:13 AM ET

Undoubtedly, there will be people who come to this thread just to gloat, laugh and point fingers at the Yankees, but let's see this for what it is. The Mariners made a spectacle of themselves for everyone to see and even those with influence who may or may not despise the Yankees understand that Mariners pulled a fast one. Let's see how this goes down for them in the future. With turnabout being fair-play, I'm sure someone will stick it to them sooner or later. Secondly, does anyone doubt that the Yankees will more than likely pursue (and get) Cliff Lee at the end of the year, as was the most likely plan? Might Lee himself and/or his agent be disappointed by what transpired? The Mariners may have not realized that they opened a can of worms here.

July 10, 2010  09:15 AM ET
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Now that will take some real time. You are right though, they wanted Smoak ( no I donot know a thing about him ).
I think the Rangers did well. A real shot this year, and even if he moves on, they were first place before he got there.

From this morning's Dallas Morning News

"Michael Young to Ian Kinsler: 'Dude, we're getting Cliff Lee!'"

This just doesn't happen around here, 50.

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July 10, 2010  09:23 AM ET

yeah, anyone from yankee hq crying makes my heart feel all new again. his mangina is showing.

July 10, 2010  09:25 AM ET
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What is kind of unfair though is with MLB is subsidizing the rangers, they really should be shedding payroll. As a Yankee fan, I am certainly Not pleading poverty......but for the other teams in their division, MLB is enabling the rangers to beat them......kind of not fair

dude, do you even read this before you post? cry us a river.

July 10, 2010  09:31 AM ET
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What is kind of unfair though is with MLB is subsidizing the rangers, they really should be shedding payroll. As a Yankee fan, I am certainly Not pleading poverty......but for the other teams in their division, MLB is enabling the rangers to beat them......kind of not fair

Not entirely true, jgb.

The Rangers did take a loan from MLB last year (not unusual - happens) but this year they are working within a strict budget that had to be approved by MLB. They are basically on the hook for $2 million of Lee's salary for the remainder of the season, which was a part of the 2010 proposed budget.

Even with that, I was convinced that there was no way this trade would happen. And... the judge in the bankruptcy case has said the Rangers will emerge from Bankruptcy July 22. Don't quite know how that is going to happen but if it dies and Greenberg/Ryan are running the team, do not be surprised to see another deal.

July 10, 2010  09:38 AM ET

"The Yankees do not do business that way," an angered Yankees official said of the Mariners agreeing to a deal, but backing out before it could be finalized. "When we say something is a deal, it is a deal."
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Sure, sure... You tried to rip the Mariners off by slipping a lame (sprained ankle) Montero into the deal, and he flunked his physical. Guess what, crybabies? They smelled the raw deal all the way over on the left coast.

Nolan Ryan outpitched Steinbrenner and Cashman. So shut up, stop arguing with the umpire, and sit your sorry booty down!

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July 10, 2010  09:41 AM ET
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Don't quite know how that is going to happen

Winning is a wonderful way to sell tickets and make money.

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July 10, 2010  10:04 AM ET
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I realize that, but when you are operating under the fact that you are taking $ because you can't afford to run the organization without help, IMO, it seems unfair to the other teams they are competing against that they are taking on talent and trying to win, when hey should be CUTTING payrollI get they aren't taking on more $......but they should be reducing payroll

I may be off base here and if so someone will correct me... but my "understanding" is that the Rangers have not taken a dime from MLB this year. MLB did take "control" of the team to help facilitate the sale but the team functions based on existing financial resources (TV, gate, merchandising, etc.).

Man - I will be glad when this ownership nightmare is over. No fan should have to digest this crap.

July 10, 2010  10:07 AM ET

A deal isn't a deal until it is finalized. The Yankees took their eyes off the ball and let the Rangers come in and snatch it up.

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July 10, 2010  10:32 AM ET
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"The Yankees do not do business that way," an angered Yankees official said of the Mariners agreeing to a deal, but backing out before it could be finalized. "When we say something is a deal, it is a deal."-------------------------------------------------------------------- ------ -------------------Sure, sure... You tried to rip the Mariners off by slipping a lame (sprained ankle) Montero into the deal, and he flunked his physical. Guess what, crybabies? They smelled the raw deal all the way over on the left coast.Nolan Ryan outpitched Steinbrenner and Cashman. So shut up, stop arguing with the umpire, and sit your sorry booty down!

It was Adams with the high ankle sprain. Not Montero.

 
July 10, 2010  10:37 AM ET
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From this morning's Dallas Morning News "Michael Young to Ian Kinsler: 'Dude, we're getting Cliff Lee!'" This just doesn't happen around here, 50.

As a Yankee fan I applaud the Rangers. That is what you want your team to do, anything you can to make it better.
I do not understand why people are content to root for a team that does not attempt to better themselves. If the Rangers can pull the trigger, under the present circumstances, on a big deal, then what excuse do other teams have?
They convince their fans they have no money and then charge big prices to go to the games. It is like the Cowboys in football. They do anything to make themselves better. Sometimes it works, sometimes not, but at least their fans know they are trying.

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