Re: Cliff Lee
A look at what Sabathia brought the Indians in 08:
Matt LaPorta - had 22 hr and .964 OPS in AA at 23 that year - 7th overall pick in 2007
Rob Bryson - had 70 k's in 55 innings that year in A at 20 years old
Zach Jackson - a former 1st rounder that put up pedestrian K and ERA numbers in AAA for 3 years before the trade
Michael Brantley - 7th rounder - 160 sb's and .387 OBP in minors - nice player
My best comps would be Alonso, D. Joseph, Matt Klinker, and a Sappelt or Lemarre (can't be traded).
It kind of fits with the reports the M's want 2 blue chips and the rest is easily provided from our minor league depth.