I will not be updating everybody's opinion on who and what it will take to get Lee, because the only people that know what is the asking price are Jack Zduriencik and Omar Minaya (assuming he's talked to Jack Z).
Here are the facts and what I consider when/who I would trade to the Mariners for Lee.
- These are the players that were traded to the Phillies for a FULL YEAR of Cliff Lee: Phillippe Aumont, outfielder Tyson Gillies and right-hander Juan Ramirez from Seattle. None of the players were top 75 prospects in baseball at the time of the trade (Aumont was highest at #78), based on Kevin Goldsteins (Baseball Prospectus) top 101 prospects.
- As a reference, Mejia was 48, F-Mart 80, W Flores 84 (who is the hottest player included in most rumored trades this week), Ike Davis 87.
- None of the prospects the Phillies were rated in Keith Law's top 100 from back in January, but Mejia was 23, Flores 41, Davis 64, F-Mart 73.
- So based on that trade for a FULL YEAR of C Lee, I would not give the Mariners more than they gave up just so we can get TWO MONTHS of C Lee.