Seattle scouts descend on Yanks’ affiliates
George King III, Yankees beat writer extraordinaire for the NY Post, is reporting that the Seattle Mariners have been sweeping the Yanks farm system since last week evaluating prospects in the event they can swing a trade involving former Cy Young Award winner Cliff Lee by the July 31 trade deadline.
The Mariners, per-King, recently had scouts watching high-A Tampa and low-A Charleston. According to colleague Josh Norris of Minor Matters two more Seattle reps, including former Trenton Thunder manager Bill Masse, are in attendance tonight at Reading’s FirstEnergy Stadium charting the Yanks’ Double-A players.
Lee, a free agent at the end of the season, was dealt to the Mariners as part of the three-team trade in the off-season that sent Roy Halladay to the Phillies and Kyle Drabek, among other Phillies’ prospects, to Toronto.
Lee is not expected to re-sign with the Mariners.
If the Yankees are interested, and there is no reason to think they wouldn’t be, the price will be stiff.
Expect stud catching prospect Austin Romine and right-hander Hector Noesi, the Eastern League Pitcher of the Week, to top the Mariners’ wish list.