Mariners - Acquired Lee
Seattle Mariners - Acquired P Cliff Lee from the Philadelphia Phillies for P Phillippe Aumont, OF Tyson Gillies, and P Juan Ramirez
One can’t help but be a little disappointed with the package the Phillies get here. There are some quality players here, but when trading one of the best starters in baseball, with very little concern baggage, you really want to get a player that will cause the GM to lose a little sleep at night. The Jays didn’t do the best job they could, but Michael Taylor and Kyle Drabek are those types of players (even if the A’s had to get involved and snag one of them). In this case, there’s nobody like that, here. Gillies could be a really solid player, but Jack Zduriencik can shrug and say “He was a California Leaguer who was years away and we can beat the Angels right now.” “Closer prospect with solid stuff but won’t ever give us 200 All-Star innings.” “A-ball starter who won’t be here for a few years.”
Maybe this is the best that the Phillies could get for Cliff Lee. But why the rush? Lee has become one of the best pitchers around and is due $9 million in 2010. Does anyone really think teams are going to say “If we don’t get a deal by Christmas, we’ll just tell you to bugger off and sign Joel Pineiro?” Lee’s not an underwater house in downtown Detroit, he’s a pitcher that should be pretty easy to move. So why move him so quickly if you’re not getting overwhelmed by an offer? The market isn’t about to be flooded by Cliff Lees and even if the contract was crippling, Philly doesn’t have to pay him for 4 months.
For the Mariners, the lure is obvious. The Angels look weaker than they have in a while and with the Mariners on the way up, why not go for the throat? This is an aggressive threat and while I expect at least one of the players given up to be a solid contributor in the long run, Seattle’s assembled a pretty decent team in the short run. Can we just give Zduriencik the Executive of the Year Award right now? Turning a franchise around from Buzzie’s Other Idiot Son in 2 years is an amazing feat. A Felix-Lee 1-2 should scare the rest of the AL’s possible playoff teams.
2010 ZiPS Projections
Player W L G GS IP H ER HR BB SO ERA ERA+
Aumont 4 4 46 0 50.2 47 26 6 31 47 4.62 95
Lee 15 9 33 32 216.0 209 82 19 46 163 3.42 128
Ramirez 6 11 28 26 128.0 142 84 21 71 80 5.91 74
2010 ZiPS Projections
Player AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB BA OBP SLG OPS+
Gillies 453 63 121 15 6 5 32 37 98 24 .267 .337 .360 81
Posted: December 19, 2009 at 02:59 PM | 6 comment(s)
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