Reds one of three teams in on Lee

The Reds made a hard run the last couple of days at getting Cliff Lee from the Mariners. Reds GM Walt Jocketty believed his club was one of three teams that had a chance. From reports, I’d imagine the Yankees were definitely the other team that didn’t get him. Obviously, Lee was dealt from Seattle to Texas today in a six-player trade that moved premier prospect Justin Smoak to the Mariners.

“We felt we made a pretty substantial offer,” Jocketty said. “Obviously, they felt the Texas deal was better.”

Asked if he would pursue another starting pitcher, Jocketty said this:

“If you’re talking about significantly upgrading, this guy was a significant upgrade. I’m not sure there’s another guy like that out there that we can get right now. We’ll keep looking.”

Jocketty did not disclose the players Seattle asked for or his own proposals.

“It’s just one of those deals you would have liked to have done because we wanted to show our club we’re doing everything we can possible,” he said. “They’re doing their job on the field and we’re trying to do our job in the front office to keep us where we’re at.”

 — Mark Sheldon

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