Cliff Lee for a power hitter or no deal.

I know many of you are beginning to think about next year already even though it isn’t even officially summer yet. I feel compelled to come out with what is my position on the possible/probable trade of Cliff Lee and what we need to get in return as I’m beginning to read some odd speculations from different sites. Ok so here is the deal I love Cliff Lee he is great, but the Mariners are not so far this year and thus I think it is safe to say we are out of contention. The good news is that there are plenty of other teams in contention that are in desperate need of a pitcher like Cliff Lee.

    We are in the driver’s seat on this one folks, we do not need to settle for our usual Seattle Mariners deal where we give up proven talent for a handful of prospects that never pan-out. Now Jack Z. has one more chance to restore some faith in this organization and play it cool and wait. I know that is hard for us fans as there really is not anything going on down on the field that is as exciting as this whole Cliff Lee deal. But we need to be patient and let the other teams that are in contention blink first.

   We need to get a POWER BAT for Cliff Lee. Repeat  a POWER Bat for Cliff Lee. We have tried to win with good starting pitching and discovered you need offense to. So any silly talk about getting this pitcher or that pitcher just does not make sense. Look if we could not win with Cliff Lee in the rotation, then someone tell me what getting another pitcher who will undoubtably be worse than Lee will do for this team? Ok so maybe you are thinking that any team in contention will not trade away a genuine slugger ie the real deal proven 30+ homers and 100 RBI guy. Well fear not as Jack Z. can always try the three team trade.

   I was going to wait to start the Cliff Lee talk for another week or so but I’m so tired of Seattle Mariners trades that go bad that I thought Id throw in my two cents now. Bottom line is we do not need to settle for less if we are patient. Because let me assure you once we get closer to the trade deadline one of these teams will make an offer we can’t refuse under the pressure from their Fan-base and just from the excitement of the pennant race. I have been a bit shocked to read some of the speculation on other sites that does not even mention getting a real power hitter for Lee. This coming from the same people who have been clamoring for a power hitter in the line-up for the past 6 months. Are we falling into some sort of collective amnesia here?

   So this is my position on the Cliff Lee situation, and I’m sticking to it. We have the leverage for once and need to be patient and smart and perhaps we can salvage something out of this year yet.

3 Responses

  1. I’ll agree with you on one thing: “We’re in the driver’s seat” this time and we don’t—and we shouldn’t—settle for anything less than what we think we deserve. I’d rather roll the dice on two draft picks than end up with another bunch of lemons right now.

    As for a power hitter…yeah, we need one, but where from? Most contenders with proven power hitters aren’t going to be too keen on giving them up. That leaves prospects and that puts us back at the craps table (more or less). Nevertheless, I think that’s the best way to go. The fact is, this team doesn’t need a power bat, it needs at least two—a three- and a four-hitter.

    We’ll see what happens. USSM seems to think Cliff Lee doesn’t make any sense for the Yankees, who are already stacked top-to-bottom with pitching talent (then again, when has being completely stacked stopped them from making blockbuster acquisitions?) and Rosenthal says it’s inevitable. I’m tending toward Rosenthal just because, well, it’s the Yankees—they’re always thirsty for blood and who wouldn’t want to raid their prospect cupboard?

    • Paul,Welcome aboard. I agree we need more than one power hitter but would settle for one proven 30 hr 100 rbi guy. The way to go may be the 3 way trade where the contender sends the prospects to a non-contender,we get power hitter from the non-contender, and we send Lee to the contender. Notice I dont name teams as most borderline teams wont be able to make a big move till we get closer to deadline to see if they are in it.Im sure Jack Z could pull this off as he did in the past. Im not interested in any more prospects as making it in the bigs is a lot different than the minors no matter who you are. I will put out some names of teams and players as we get closer to deadline. My position is that we need to keep our eye on the ball and get a power hitter no matter what and it is doable if we play our cards right. Jeff

      • The three-way trade is a good point and one that I hadn’t really considered, given that it seems like with a Cliff Lee on the block, you can pretty much name your price (even though that’s not entirely true).

        I wonder what Z already has up his sleeve. Both the Figgins signing and the initial Lee trade seemed to come out of nowhere and I wouldn’t be surprised if Jack left the winter meetings with a few seeds planted. He’s earned at least a couple years to see what he can get going as far as I’m concerned (and like Baker said the other day, we need more stability anyway), but I wonder if this approaching trade deadline isn’t going to be seen by some fans as a make-or-break test.

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