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Reds, Mariners not serious yet

It appears that discussions between the Reds and Mariners about pitcher Cliff Lee have yet to hit the serious stages.A baseball source told MLB.com Thursday that no formal proposals have been exchanged between the two teams.

“It’s just been the parameters and the types of players that they are looking for or not looking for,” the source said. “It’s been quiet lately.”

The first-place Reds are one of several teams in the hunt for the left-handed Lee, an ace-quality starting pitcher, who is earning $8 million this season with Seattle. He would essentially be a “rent-a-player” for Cincinnati since he can become a free agent at season’s end.

It’s been widely reported that the Mariners are seeking multiple big league ready prospects, which is an area where the Reds have some chips they could deal. Triple-A Louisville first baseman Yonder Alonso is blocked in the Majors by Joey Votto and Alonso’s teammate, third baseman Juan Francisco, is blocked by Scott Rolen.

The Reds also have young left-handed pitchers like Travis Wood and Matt Maloney, who have both recently been called up.

Poor Cleveland?

I’m sure the next time a sports fan in Cincinnati feels bad for one in Cleveland, it will be the first time. But you can’t help but wince a little for Indians fans when seeing the World Series Game 1 starting pitcher match-up.

Cliff Lee for the Phillies vs. CC Sabathia for the Yankees. They were the last two American League Cy Young Award winners…for the Indians. Sabathia in 2007 and Lee in 2008.

Ouch.

Of course, the Indians just had a lousy season and face a long road back to contender status.

My prediction for what it’s worth — Phillies will win the Series in seven games even though I don’t like the week-long layoff they’ll get.

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