David Adams (was) included in Lee trade proposal

N.Y. Post is reporting that the proposed trade that would have sent top prospect Jesus Montero, Thunder second baseman David Adams and 2009 Eastern League ERA leader Zach McAllister to the Seattle Mariners for Cliff Lee is dead.
Joel Sherman has it all right here.

Old pal and colleague George King of the N.Y. Post is reporting that Thunder second baseman David Adams is included in the Yankees’ trade proposal for left-hander Cliff Lee.
Sources say the deal that would send the former Cy Young Award winner Lee to the Yankees for Adams, top catching prospect Jesus Montero and a third minor leaguer still to be determined Zach McAllister “is done.”
Contrary to some initial reports, the third player does not appear to be J.R. Murphy or Slade Heathcott.
Adams is hitting .309 with 21 extra-base hits and 32 RBIs but has not played since badly spraining his ankle sliding into second base May 22 against Portland at Hadlock Field.
In 39 games, Adams did not commit an error.
Thunder manager Tony Franklin said last week he expected Adams back by Aug. 1, but at least two setbacks have delayed his return. Adams currently is rehabbing the ankle at the Yankees’ minor-league headquarters in Tampa.
Lee is 8-3 with a 2.34 ERA and has 89 strikeouts compared to just six walks.
That’s right.
Six walks.
Lee defeated the Yankees twice for the Phillies in the World Series last year and is scheduled to face them tonight at Safeco Field.
Over his last eight starts, Lee is 6-1 with a 1.75 ERA, four complete games and a WHIP of 0.90.
As for Montero, the uber prospect is the top player on Seattle’s wish list despite hitting just .253 with six home runs and 34 RBIs at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The 20-year-old also was benched earlier this season for not hustling. Although the Yankees love Montero’s bat, the organization is deep with catching prospects (Austin Romine and Murphy) and can afford to use him as bait to try to win a second straight championship.
Remember, the Seattle scouting department, which included former Trenton manager Bill Masse, were out canvasing the Yankees’ minor-league affiliates in early June prepping for this type of deal.
Oh, that’s right.
You read about that here first.

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2 Comments on “David Adams (was) included in Lee trade proposal”

  1. David McD Says:

    so was it concern about Adams ankle or did the Rangers just make a better offer?

    • johnalbone Says:

      Sounds like Seattle used Adams’ ankle as a means/excuse to get the Rangers to include Justin Smoak, who they valued over Montero and everyone else the Yankees had on the table. Once that happened, Seattle had its escape hatch.
      I find all the whining by the Yankees, the NY media and even some Yankee fans – although most I spoke to said “enough is enough” in terms of aquiring top-tiered players – hysterical.
      So, the Seattle GM was supposed to complete this deal because he gave Cashman his word?
      Seattle needs to do what is best for the Mariners and if that meant using the Yankees, the bait that was Montero to jack up the asking price, asking for Eduardo Nunez at the last minute as the fourth player involved or Adams’ ankle as an excuse to get the deal they wanted from the Rangers, then so be it.

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