Mets looking to defy the odds again
The Mets have reason to believe they can defy the odds and land Cliff Lee at the deadline, despite widespread speculation to the contrary. Their reason for optimism is simple. They’ve done it before.
Heading into the 2008 season, the Mets were considered a distant third option for the Twins, who were trying to deal Johan Santana at the time. But Minnesota rebuked early offers from the Yankees and Red Sox, who both backed out of the sweepstakes by January. At the end of the month, the Mets landed Santana for a package of underwhelming prospects.
Banking on a similar turn of events this summer, of course, would be foolhardy. But the Mets, according to the New York Post, believe that the Mariners are leaning more toward scouting than number crunching in their dealings with Lee, which the Mets believe can help them. Though the Mets don’t have a ton of statistical marvels in their farm system, they do have some live arms and projectable bodies — i.e., the types of things that scouts love.