Thanks to Joel Sherman, New York fans have now gone from a hyped-up, overwraught LeBronathon to the possibility that the Yankees will deal their best prospect for Cliff Lee. There’s no rest for the weary, especially in the City That Never Sleeps. Here’s a roundup of rumors and reactions around the interwebs and Twitters:
Mike Axisa from River Ave Blues does a superb job summing up the central issues surrounding the possibility that the Yankees could part with Montero, widely considered the Yankees’ best hitting prospect since Derek Jeter. His tentative conclusion is one with which I agree:
“We’ll have more analysis if the trade is ever made official and we know all the details, but it’s tough to argue with it. I don’t like giving up prospects for a few months of Lee, but if the second move is to turn around and acquire someone like Werth, I mean holy cow, trading sessions don’t get any better.”
Ken Rosenthal, also known as “Sucka Got No Juice”, also known as RoboKen, loves the move for the Yankees. He calls Lee the best starting pitcher available, and says that Montero “essentially has no future with the Yankees”.
Ed Price tweets this morning that an official with a team with interest in Lee believes that the Mariners are now negotiating exclusively with the Yankees. The only reason they would do that, I’d imagine, is if they are hammering out the final details and no longer need other teams for leverage.
Buster Olney followed that up by saying that the deal is “just about done”. In previous tweets he mentioned that Vazquez becomes the most desirable starting pitcher on the trade market, ahead of Roy Oswalt, because of the short-term contract and his recent turnaround in performance. The question would be whether the Yankees would attempt to acquire another short-term contract like Jayson Werth or acquire some prospects to restock the farm system. Later in the morning, Olney mentioned that there has been no discussion of a negotiating window and that there likely would not be. He then stated that the Yankees made their best and final offer last night to the Mariners, and expect an answer before the game tonight.
Since then, Ken Davidoff (who has a lovely Twitter background, if I might add) tweeted that the Mariners have informed interested teams that they’re out of the Lee sweepstakes, indicating that a deal was getting closer to completion. Finally, Prospect Insider says that the deal is “not official, but done”. It looks like this is a go, but we’ll wait to see what the cost is.
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