According to Mets Paradise’s Brandon Lee, who has “a friend who is connected to the Mets front office”:
“Talks between the Mets and Mariners have begun to heat up. Today the Mets signed catcher Michael Barrett to a minor league deal, and the Mariners made room on their roster for another catcher, Josh Bard. Doesn’t mean anything definite, but it is interesting news. A source tells Mets Paradise that the Mets have offered Fernando Martinez, Josh Thole and Bobby Parnell for Cliff Lee.”
Certainly very interesting if true, and borderline believable. Certainly as believable as anything published by Heyman, Olney, or Rosenthal, who probably don’t have friends in the Mets front office.
An interesting package. The Mariners surely need catching and outfield prospects, and the new-look Parnell is increasing his value every time out.
Would this be enough for Lee? Sure would if the Mariners have decided on trading him and other offers are meager.
While he does not look like the next Johnny Bench, Thole appears to very possibly be a catcher who will hit at the MLB level. FMart is still loaded with potential. And Parnell’s arm will always make him desirable.
If this package is for real, let’s hope the Mariners take it. It’s worth renting Lee if this is the price. And remember, when Mike Hampton left after helping us get to our only WS since 1986 we received a draft pick when he left. That draft pick was used to select David Wright.