Roundup: Rangers (not Yankees) end up with Lee

After a potential deal sending Cliff Lee to the Yankees stalled in the final stages, the Rangers ended up acquiring Lee from the Mariners, instead. First baseman Justin Smoak, pitcher Blake Beavan and two other players will be going to Seattle, according to MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan. 

The Yankees went from dark horse to front-runner in the Lee sweepstakes on Thursday night, when The New York Post reported they were “on the brink” of acquiring the ace left-hander from the Mariners. Come Friday morning, ESPN.com wrote that a deal to bring Lee to New York and put him in a starting rotation that was already stellar was “just about done.” 
By mid-afternoon, however, the seemingly imminent deal was put off, according to the Post. The Yankees were ready to send top catching prospect Jesus Monetero, second baseman David Adams and right-hander Zach McAllister, according to reports. But Adams had been out with a high ankle sprain, and the Mariners were apprehensive about acquiring him. 
Here are more rumors from around the league … 
* Jayson Werth is being shopped by the Phillies, but a rumor that has Philadelphia sending Werth — a free agent after this season — to the Yankees for Javier Vazquez — also a free agent after this season — will not happen, MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki writes. The Phils, as Zolecki noted, want players they can control past this season, and besides, the Yankees may be more reluctant to keep Vazquez now that it seems they won’t get Lee. As for Werth, the Red Sox and Rays have also shown interest, according to The New York Post. Philadelphia likely seeks a proven starter in return. 
* The Mets will “turn strongly” towards Cubs left-hander Ted Lilly as a possible addition to their starting rotation, Joel Sherman of The New York Post — who reported the Lee-to-Yankees story — wrote via Twitter. 
* The way things shake out in the National League East could decide whether they’re buyers or sellers at the Trade Deadline. If they are buyers, though, FOXSports.com says they could look to help out the back end of their bullpen by acquiring Blue Jays lefty reliever Scott Downs
* The Rays released veteran Hank Blalock after he was designated for assignment and cleared waivers. 
* The Yankees signed 30-year-old, left-handed-hitting corner infielder Chad Tracy to a Minor League contract, according to The Boston Globe. 
* The Cubs are picking up efforts to shed “cumbersome salaries,” according to The Chicago Tribune. The newspaper added that the club will address the media soon to speak about the club’s direction, especially if they keep falling in the NL Central. 
– Alden Gonzalez

6 Comments

What idiot trades one of baseballs premier pitchers to a team in their own division? Especially the division leader? Jack, this one will bite you in the butt. What would you bet that the next time the Mariners play Texas, Lee will face King Felix? I think Jack has given up on improving the team, and is just going to cut his losses.

we need good relief pitching and a power hitter.

the yanks will get him in free agency you watch

Does anyone really see the Yankees winning the East or making the Playoffs(WC), with Lee signing… no, I don’t think Mr. Lee does either. It’s the AL West 2011- Pitching Wins Championships. Add Lee, maybe Greinke to Rangers.

In my humble opinion, all the Yankees need to win the WS again is a starter (Lee), a catcher who can throw out base stealers (?) and a 5 tool outfielder (Crawford, Werth or ?). That’s it!! We have all the rest already in place. Some of these deals can be made with trades and not just $$$, especially in the catcher category.

If cliff lee doesnt sign with the yankees hes an idiot, the yankees are a team that is commited to winning a world series and they have 27 rings to prove it, cliff lee no rings, whats to think about if you want to get back to the world series become a yankee, or continue dreaming about it. Hey cliff **** or get off the pot!

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