One night last week on my drive home, I was listening to Peter Gammons on the XM 175 MLB channel and he was talking about possible destinations for Mariners starter Cliff Lee. He mentioned that Mariners GM Jack Zdurencik wants a big bat and a lefty starting pitcher in return for Lee. Yesterday, Buster Olney tweeted something similar:
As old friend Peter Gammons notes, Alonso(former No. 1 pick,.713 OPS in minors)is blocked in the CIN organization by MVP cand. Joey Votto.
Gammons mentioned that Zdurencik might entertain an offer that included Reds first base prospect Yonder Alonso and lefty starting pitcher Travis Wood. Alonso has stuggled at the plate for most of the season, but has been hitting well lately. In his last 10 games he is hitting .319-.319-.468 with a HR and 8 RBIs. The .319 OBP is uncharacteristic for Alonso as he is known for a solid eye at the plate. At AAA this season, he is hitting just .251-.288-.372 with 4 HRs and 28 RBIs. He has a 39-10 K/BB rate. For the season, he is hitting .256-.324-.383 with 7 HRs , 41 RBIs, and a 55-29 K/BB rate.
Lefty Travis Wood made his major league debut on Thursday holding the Cubs to 2 runs on 2 hits, 3 walks and 4 strikeouts in 7 innings. At AAA Louisville, he 5-6 with a 3.12 ERA, a 1.082 WHIP, and a 97-23 K/BB rate in 98 innings of work.
Should the Reds land Cliff Lee, I think they would be considered the favorites to win the NL Central, and possibly to make the World Series. Lee is a proven starting pitcher who has great success in the playoffs and World Series. Zdurencik can just sit back and wait for teams to call with offers, waiting for the best deal.
Is this offer enough for the Mariners to give up Cliff Lee?
From Olney's Sunday morning blog: