On July 10th, the Yankees started the day with Cliff Lee apparently, but that didn't hold true at the end of the day.
The Rangers stole the Yankees thunder and acquired the former Cy Young winner, but did the Yankees really get their thunder stolen?
Everything I've read on the subject has suggested that the New York Yankees were beaten out in the Cliff Lee sweepstakes, but the Yankees never haven given up the fight in any style of competition. Whether that be dangling premium prospects or offering money for players the Yankees have always been shooting for #1, but this Cliff Lee trade got me thinking.
-Why would the Yankees not try one last ditch effort?
-How did the Mariners finally get the Rangers to dangle Justin Smoak?
-Did the Yankees know the Rangers would one up their offer?
What I got out of these questions were 3 main conclusions
-The Yankees used the Mariners.
-The Mariners used the Yankees
-The Rangers won the deal short-term.
That's right ladies and gentleman! I believe the Yankees used the Mariners to think they were getting 3 solid prospects, and then have the Rangers come in and give away Justin Smoak and prospects for a 3-month rental.
Then the Mariners used the Yankees to get leverage in the Lee deal to get a MLB ready first baseman and 2 mid-tier prospects.
To analyze this deal for the 3 teams you must consider.
The Rangers would be this year's winners, the Yankees would be the future winners, and the Mariners go back to being the hapless Mariners that we've known to love since 2004 when they won just 63 games.
The Yankees know they have money (Nearly 50 million) coming off the books this off-season, and are the easy favorites to sign Cliff Lee for 3 obvious reasons.
-They will have the most money to offer to Lee.
-They have the most luster to offer to Lee with potentially 28 championships after this season.
-They offer the best location for him to play if he wants to be a big fish in a big pond.
So are the Yankees really just biding their time until they push the resupply button once again this off-season? Only the Yankees know in kNew York.