The Mets' price tag for Cliff Lee: Mejia or Wilmer Flores

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Joel Sherman on the chances of Cliff Lee going to the Mets:

Thus, if the Mets want Lee — and, boy, do they ever — a trade will have
to be built around Jenrry Mejia, whom Seattle likes, but does not love,
or Wilmer Flores, an 18-year-old infielder already thriving at High-A. In conversations with Mariner officials, I strongly sensed they would
accept no less than one blue-chip prospect or they will not do this
trade.

That throws water on the “F-Mart + Josh Thole will get it done” chatter I’ve seen from Mets fans around the interwebs.

Of course it’s worth noting that (a) I’ve only seen that chatter from the type of people who spend half the summer making up impossible trade scenarios that benefit their team; and (b) even though this post has to do with basketball, it’s worth keeping in mind every time you read trade rumor mongering like Sherman’s.

Justin Verlander earns 200th career win

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Astros starter Justin Verlander wasn’t his usual dominant self on Sunday against the Athletics, but he was good enough to get the win. In doing so, he earned the 200th win of his career, becoming the 117th member of the 200-win club.

Verlander went 5 1/3 innings, yielding four runs (all earned) on seven hits and a walk with six strikeouts. On the season, Verlander is now 12-8 with a 2.65 ERA and a 223/29 K/BB ratio in 169 2/3 innings. Sunday’s win helped the Astros stave off the surging A’s. The Astros now have a one-game lead in the AL West.

Only two active pitchers have more wins than Verlander: Bartolo Colon (247) and CC Sabathia (244). Zack Greinke will likely be the next member of the 200-win club as he currently has 184 to his name.