Mets’ Targets Include Cliff Lee, Ted Lilly

The Mets will be in on Seattle ace Cliff Lee – that appears certain.  Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that Omar Minaya has notified Jack Zduriencik of his interest, and the Mets are scouting Lee's starts.

Contrary to a Kevin Burkhardt report last night, Sherman says the Mets "would not need a negotiating window to sign Lee long-term even if it includes top prospect Jenrry Mejia in a package."  However, between the injuries to potential trade chips Mejia and Angel Pagan and the ownership approval needed to pull the trigger, Minaya faces hurdles in acquiring Lee.

Sherman writes "the Mets have little interest" in Roy Oswalt and Fausto Carmona.  Instead, Cubs southpaw Ted Lilly might head up their list of Lee alternatives.  Lilly has been excellent since signing a four-year, $40MM deal with the Cubs in December of '06.  The contract has about $6.4MM remaining.  Though Lilly profiles as a Type A free agent after the season, an arbitration offer is in question.  I doubt Lilly's limited no-trade provision will be an obstacle, as he's probably eager to return to the playoffs.  The Cubs have about a month to decide whether to cash in their chips, and Lilly is their best one. 


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70 Comments on "Mets’ Targets Include Cliff Lee, Ted Lilly"


paulio_male_gigalo
5 years 1 month ago

I’ve never thought much about Lilly. His ERA and peripherals have been good. I wonder how he’d do on a good team?

cweradio
5 years 1 month ago

This pitching staff needs stability .. long term goal is to get Lee in there, maybe another back end of the rotation guy during the off season ..

Spirit of '69
5 years 1 month ago

Lilly always seems to pitch well against the Mets, the lion’s share of times that I’ve seen him. Cub fans might have a different opinion. Lee is the real play, for all the right reasons. Pagan is not a trade chip and Mejia is 20 years old and a stud, he can get MLB hitters out already and it will hurt to trade him but it may take him to get Lee.

5 years 1 month ago

Lilly would be a solid fit in Citi since hes such a flyball pitcher, but his peripherals and velocity have been down this year.

mrsjohnmiltonrocks
5 years 1 month ago

Lilly would be perfect for the Mets. He is a fierce competitor and he’s pitched for the Yankees already. That would be a pitcher they probably could get without giving up their best prospects.

mrsjohnmiltonrocks
5 years 1 month ago

Lilly would be perfect for the Mets. He is a fierce competitor and he’s pitched for the Yankees already. That would be a pitcher they probably could get without giving up their best prospects.

bigpelflikesike123
5 years 1 month ago

he was dreadful for the yankees… maybe he cant handle ny

bigpelflikesike123
5 years 1 month ago

he was dreadful for the yankees… maybe he cant handle ny

dc21892
5 years 1 month ago

Why won’t the Mets shed some of the ridiculous payroll they have to add a couple pitchers? One isn’t going to be enough. They keep adding parts that make no sense and screwing themselves now.

5 years 1 month ago

I want to see the Mets acquire either Lee or Haren, but there’s a list of players I would not trade for either of them. Not on that list is Fernando Martinez.

mets2010champs
5 years 1 month ago

the mets should give a apckage of b prospects to the mariners for lee

mets2010champs
5 years 1 month ago

the mets should give a apckage of b prospects to the mariners for lee

mets2010champs
5 years 1 month ago

mets get lee

marirners get fmart thole and holt

5 years 1 month ago

Mariners laugh and hang up.

Try including players who aren’t struggling/low on value right now.

bigpelflikesike123
5 years 1 month ago

How about:

Mets get lee

Mariners get mejia fmart and thole

5 years 1 month ago

Mets hang up the phone.

bigpelflikesike123
5 years 1 month ago

Are you kidding me??? why the hell would the mets not do that.

Thole = Luis castillo in catcher form
Fmart= always injured and is hitting 249 in AAA with almost double k’s to walks
Mejia = a lot of potential but will be replaced by mets first round pick Matt Harvey who scouts say could end up like Justin Verlander.

5 years 1 month ago

Mets hang up the phone.

bigpelflikesike123
5 years 1 month ago

How about:

Mets get lee

Mariners get mejia fmart and thole

mets2010champs
5 years 1 month ago

mets get lee

marirners get fmart thole and holt

mets2010champs
5 years 1 month ago

mets should trade thole fmart and holt for cliff lee

Muggi
5 years 1 month ago

That’s probably not going to get it done if the Twins are in the game. Ramos alone has more value than F-Mart and Thole combined.

5 years 1 month ago

Not true. Thole’s been better than Ramos this season
Ramos: .296/.321/.407
Thole: .267/.353/.430

Next time do a little research so you don’t look stupid

crunchy1
5 years 1 month ago

No serious baseball person believes Thole is a better prospect than Ramos. And Jack Z is a serious baseball person. Throwing out the slash line du jour and calling it “research” hardly refutes that. Thole is considered a backup catcher at the major league level while Ramos has potential to be a good everyday starter. There really isn’t a comparison between the two.

5 years 1 month ago

Considering that all the “serious baseball people” had the Mets buried in fourth place in the division and the Nats anointed as the new team to beat, pardon me if I ignore the baseball people.

5 years 1 month ago

Considering that all the “serious baseball people” had the Mets buried in fourth place in the division and the Nats anointed as the new team to beat, pardon me if I ignore the baseball people.

crunchy1
5 years 1 month ago

No serious baseball person believes Thole is a better prospect than Ramos. And Jack Z is a serious baseball person. Throwing out the slash line du jour and calling it “research” hardly refutes that. Thole is considered a backup catcher at the major league level while Ramos has potential to be a good everyday starter. There really isn’t a comparison between the two.

bigpelflikesike123
5 years 1 month ago

Thole has little to no power… he is basically luis castillo in catcher form… but he has some value… a trade of mejia fmart thole and evans would get the job done

bigpelflikesike123
5 years 1 month ago

Thole has little to no power… he is basically luis castillo in catcher form… but he has some value… a trade of mejia fmart thole and evans would get the job done

crunchy1
5 years 1 month ago

Seems to me the Mariners would be better off keeping Lee and taking the picks. Usually, I think it’s better to go with proven prospects than draft picks. But the only think F-Mart has proven is that he’s injury prone and can hit homeruns in batting practice. Thole has proven he can make a nice backup catcher someday. No thanks if I’m the Ms. I’d take the compensation picks.

bigpelflikesike123
5 years 1 month ago

guys i hope you know holt has a 10 era in double a right now and has been sent down to single a where in his first start he gave up 7 runs… holt is not the chip the mariners want

bigpelflikesike123
5 years 1 month ago

guys i hope you know holt has a 10 era in double a right now and has been sent down to single a where in his first start he gave up 7 runs… holt is not the chip the mariners want

mets2010champs
5 years 1 month ago

mets should trade thole fmart and holt for cliff lee

studio179
5 years 1 month ago

“The Cubs have about a month to decide whether to cash in their chips, and Lilly is their best one.”I think the Cubs decide that at the break. They should be back of the NL Central in double digits by that time. Although, I feel that decision is obvious and should plan on changes. For the Mets, unless they plan on signing Lee long term, I think they should focus on Lilly. He’s not Lee, but Lilly is a solid fit and not cost what Lee would cost. Clubhouse wise, Lilly is a professional. I don’t know what the Mets would offer for Lilly.

crunchy1
5 years 1 month ago

Whatever satisfaction I get from a Cubs win nowadays is mitigated by the thought that management might still believe it has a chance to make a run. It’s time to start getting what they can and giving some young players a chance. I particularly want to see Gorzelanny and Cashner in the starting rotation for the rest of the year.

studio179
5 years 1 month ago

“Whatever satisfaction I get from a Cubs win nowadays is mitigated by the thought that management might still believe it has a chance to make a run.”

I feel the same way. The last thing the Cubs need is a solid winning streak to make management feel they have a shot of something. I know the NL Central is up for grabs, but management needs to be honest about this team to move forward.

crunchy1
5 years 1 month ago

Whatever satisfaction I get from a Cubs win nowadays is mitigated by the thought that management might still believe it has a chance to make a run. It’s time to start getting what they can and giving some young players a chance. I particularly want to see Gorzelanny and Cashner in the starting rotation for the rest of the year.

studio179
5 years 1 month ago

“The Cubs have about a month to decide whether to cash in their chips, and Lilly is their best one.”I think the Cubs decide that at the break. They should be back of the NL Central in double digits by that time. Although, I feel that decision is obvious and should plan on changes. For the Mets, unless they plan on signing Lee long term, I think they should focus on Lilly. He’s not Lee, but Lilly is a solid fit and not cost what Lee would cost. Clubhouse wise, Lilly is a professional. I don’t know what the Mets would offer for Lilly.

therambler
5 years 1 month ago

Any reason the Mets aren’t also scouting Dan Haren? Noticed in an earlier post that a bunch of teams are looking at him… the Mets not included.

mets2010champs
5 years 1 month ago

ill imagine that it would take 2of3(niese davis and mejia) and more

therambler
5 years 1 month ago

Any reason the Mets aren’t also scouting Dan Haren? Noticed in an earlier post that a bunch of teams are looking at him… the Mets not included.

crunchy1
5 years 1 month ago

I was wondering when teams would take a look at Lilly. His contract expires, he’s a Type A, he will come cheaper than Lee, and he has some playoff experience. It was probably just a matter of proving himself healthy. I don’t see the Cubs asking a whole lot in return. They’ll be motivated simply by opening up some roster spots for their own young players.

crunchy1
5 years 1 month ago

I was wondering when teams would take a look at Lilly. His contract expires, he’s a Type A, he will come cheaper than Lee, and he has some playoff experience. It was probably just a matter of proving himself healthy. I don’t see the Cubs asking a whole lot in return. They’ll be motivated simply by opening up some roster spots for their own young players.

metsman
5 years 1 month ago

I think the Mets should get Carmona and Lee.

dc21892
5 years 1 month ago

Finally someone agrees the Mets need multiple arms. They could work a 3 team deal to get 2 arms without having to give up as much. They would need a window for Lee though, he’s too valuable for a rental.

bigpelflikesike123
5 years 1 month ago

the mets do not need multiple arms and getting both those two would probably completely destroy our farm system making 2011-2015 very dark years

bigpelflikesike123
5 years 1 month ago

the mets do not need multiple arms and getting both those two would probably completely destroy our farm system making 2011-2015 very dark years

metsman
5 years 1 month ago

I think the Mets should get Carmona and Lee.