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."
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.