I posted this same info in a different thread but after reading more I feel it should have its own post.
We all know the Yankees and Rangers but their seems to be a mystery team in on Cliff Lee. Jon Heyman cautions that it’s not the Phillies. The Brewers, Cubs, and Orioles were ruled out during the winter meetings. The Nationals and Angels appear unlikely, and with their GMs confirming interest they wouldn’t qualify as mysteries anyway. The unidentified third team is only willing to go four or five years, writes George A. King III of the New York Post.
Joel Sherman of the New York Post writes, “You would be surprised at how many folks [in the game] think there is a legitimate third team bidding on Lee beyond the Yankees and Rangers.” Sherman speculates on who that team might be. “I have heard a lot of Brewers and Twins, which makes sense in the baseball sense because both teams seem like they can be powerhouse contenders if they can upgrade the top of their rotation.” He goes on to say that, “But does it make enough dollars and cents sense to believe it?”
Joel Sherman then goes on to say:
"On the surface it does not seem vital to add another high-end starter when the Phils already have Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt and Cole Hamels. But the presence of Lee would give them arguably one of the best rotations ever. What if they were, for example, able to trade most of the salaries of either Raul Ibanez or Joe Blanton to provide additional funds to go after Lee and try to extend the best period in franchise history with a super rotation. Or maybe the Phillies could sign Lee and use Hamels or Oswalt to trade for a high-end, righty-swinging bat to play the corner outfield."
Buster Olney notes in a tweet that the whole mystery team idea "can only come spoon-fed from an agent who is trying to create leverage."
Lots of contradicting views on who, if a third team does exists, it could be. We need an ace and had lots of interest in Lee before the trade dead-line. We have freed up money and have talked, Slowey, about freeing up more space. Most of the names mentioned above have contradicting views if they are in on Lee but the Twins. We have a ton of money coming off the books next year. Our FO likes to be "mysterious" and from a business prospective it would be a great move to bring in a Yankee killer.
The other thing I took from the Sherman's post is, "use Hamels or Oswalt to trade for a high-end, righty-swinging bat to play the corner outfield." Delmon Young + for Hamels anybody? Yes please!
Will we get Lee? I'm guessing no, but it's worth talking about if Sherman really has heard "a lot of Twins" being the myster third team. I for one hope it is us.