Cliff Lee is supposed to take the mound for the the Mariners tonight but that might not happen if you believe the story from ESPN, which says Lee could be on his way to the Yankees.
The Mariners would receive one of the Yankees top prospects in catcher Jesus Montero and second baseman Double-A second baseman David Adams, according to a story by The New York Post's Joel Sherman, who first reported the story.
Adams appears to be more than just a throw in. The 23-year-old, despite an injury, has been stellar in his 152 at-bats this year, recording a .309 average, .393 on-base percentage and a .507 slugging percentage.
He's big (6-foot-4, 225 pounds) and some scouts question whether or not he's got the defensive chops to handle being a catcher. This year he's made four errors, allowed 13 passed balls and has thrown out 22 percent of would-be base stealers. The thought is Montero could wind up at first base.
But defense isn't why the Mariners would want Montero. Last year, splitting time almost equally between the high-A Florida State League and Double-A, Montero combined to hit .337 with 17 homers, 70 RBI, .389 on-base average and a .562 slugging percentage in just 347 at-bats.
The year before in the Sally League (Single-A), Montero's full season numbers (525 at-bats) are eye-popping – .326, 17 HR, 87 RBI, .376 OBP, .491 SLG – and he did it as an 18-year-old.
Baseball America rated him as the No. 5 best prospect in its midseason prospect report. He's what it had to say about him:
Jesus Montero, c/dh, Yankees (Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre): Montero hasn't improved this year, and for some he hasn't impressed. After generating positive defensive trends and reports at the end of 2009 at Double-A Trenton, Montero has convinced scouts this year that he won't be a long-term catcher. He was leading the International League with 12 passed balls and was getting run on at will—87 attempts in 63 games, throwing out 19 (22 percent). He's experiencing his first adversity offensively, but scouts are confident his bat will still be strong.