The Mariners open their final week before the All-Star break with any number of intritguing story lines - including the four-game visit of the New York Yankees and the chance to throw Monopoly money at Alex Rodriguez.
Who could resist?
The week also offers the chance to get reaquainted with Russell Branyan, who hasn't seen Safeco Field since last summer, and Eric Bedard, who hasn't pitched since last July.
Bedard will start tomorrow night, in what will the first and possibly last time Cliff Lee, Felix Hernandez and Bedard will pitch back-to-back-to-back for Seattle.
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It may well be the beginning of whatever follows Cliff Lee this week - a trade that brings a package of new talent to a team badly in need of transfusion.
For those who have asked why the Mariners don't simply overwhelm Lee with a contract offer, the answer is easy: They can't. Any amount of money they throw out there will be matched or bettered this winter by a team with far fewer question marks than Seattle.
All Lee needs to is look at teammate Hernandez, who's had an All-Star first half with the exception of - oh, yes - run support. With it, Felix could have eight or nine wins and Lee probably 10, easily.
So no, Lee won't be back. He's scheduled to start Friday against the Yankees, and it would be a lovely game to watch. Whether he's still here or not depends upon GM Jack Zduriencik.