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July 9, 2010 at 1:04 PM

Complications may scuttle Cliff Lee deal with the Yankees

Well, so much for all of that excitement. Now, it seems, the Mariners are having second thoughts about that Cliff Lee deal with the Yankees. All of the New York sources — which you have to be cautious of, because they tend to spin things in favor of the Yanks — are saying that the M’s are leery of accepting Jesus Montero, David Adams and that third prospect.
The problem is said to be Adams and that sprained ankle we told you about in the earlier post.
Adams sprained it back on May 24 and has yet to return to action. There are sprains and then there are serious sprains, involving higher degree tears of ligaments. You don’t want to acquire a guy, in some cases, if you feel he might lose several more weeks or months and be basically set back an entire season by an injury you can’t get a grasp on.
Even if he is the secondary piece to a deal.


After all, if you subtract Adams from the equations, the two other top prospects offered up by another team might look more attractive as a combo.
So, we’ll see.
Just like prospects are prospects until they become proven MLB players, rumors are rumors until they become proven MLB trades.
This one was fun, though.
My favorite is now the one about another team jumping in hard. The Rangers and Justin Smoak would be my favorite in that scenario, though it could be the Reds, or the Twins, or the Dodgers, or the Mets…or the Expos…no, certainly not them.
Jack Zduriencik is doing a heck of a job negotiating here. But he has to pull the deal off first before we hand him a medal.

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