Cliff Hanging: Mets Still Confident

Mets ParadiseCorrespondent IJuly 7, 2010

NEW YORK - JUNE 29:  Cliff Lee #36 of the Seattle Mariners pitches against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on June 29, 2010 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Joel Sherman says that he has spoken with Mets officials and they aren't concerned about the Minnesota Twins being the frontrunners for Seattle Mariners ace Cliff Lee

It is believed that the Mariners are looking at potential prospects by scouting them rather then just looking at their numbers. The Mets believe this will work in their favor. 

Sherman also compares what is going on with Lee to when the Mets won the Johan Santana sweepstakes. "The Mets were always confident in those negotiations because behind the scenes they felt synchronicity with the Twins because both are `scouting organizations,'" Sherman writes. "In other words, they are organizations that still value eyeball scouting of players over statistical analysis."

Buster Olney reports that the New York Yankees are not too serious about Lee. 

If Lee were to go to the Yankees they would look to trade Javier Vazquez. Now if that happens the Mets would certainly be interested in acquiring him due to his success in the National League. 

Olney says that the Twins are still the frontrunners, but the Cincinnati Reds, Tampa Bay Rays, Texas Rangers, and the Mets are still very much in the mix.