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Big fish as trade bait
Lee has been rumored to be on the move this past week. In fact, Fox Sports baseball analyst Ken Rosenthal reported a deal could go down within 7-10 days, long before the July 31 trade deadline. The Mets, Twins, Dodgers and Rangers have been rumored to be bidding for Lee, who told the New York media:
“Yeah, I like pitching here (New York). I’ve always enjoyed pitching here. I’m not afraid to take the subway,”
Lee told the Seattle Times:
“There is really no other comment I can make other than it’s out of my control, so I don’t really think about it or worry about it. If I wind up somewhere else, I will try to help that team win. It’s really that simple. It’s not complicated.”
Asked if he had a preference on where he’d like to be traded, Lee said:
“I mean, that is kind of a loaded question. I am going to chose not to answer it. Obviously, I do have preferences, but I’m not going to tell you who I want to play for — if I had a choice, and I don’t, so it’s pointless to consume time talking about it or worrying about it.”
Seattle Times reporter Larry Stone believes the Mets and Twins are front-runners in the trade talks. Meanwhile, Mariners beat writer Geoff Stone reports the pressure is mounting on the Mets to make a deal for Lee.
Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik told the media before the game that he plans to wait to see how the Mariners responded over the next month before making a decision on Lee.
Perez expected to begin rehab
ESPN-New York reports Oliver Perez is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment today in Port St. Lucie.