The New York Daily News reports Mariners left-hander Cliff Lee is the Mets’ No. 1 trade target a month before the July 31 nonwaiver deadline, with Astros righty Roy Oswalt their Plan B.
The Mets scouted Lee’s complete-game victory over the Yankees on Tuesday and are considered a favorite in the Lee sweepstakes. The Mariners have yet to make Lee available, however, and it’s not clear whether the Mets can meet the demands of Seattle GM Jack Zduriencik.
Oswalt is considered far more available, but the cost of top prospects and the $25 million or so remaining on his contract may be prohibitive, the News reports.
The News adds that the Mets are not interested in mid-level starters such as Kevin Millwood and Jake Westbrook.