It's May 24, the Mariners are 8.5 games back and 12 games under .500. For a team that wasn't expected to finish the season more than ten games over .500, the playoffs are pretty much out of the realm of possibility for this year. The Mariners have one of, if not the, best starting pitcher trading chip on the market. Lee's talent, along with his cheap salary price tag, should be enough to get one top-tier prospect who can contribute in 2011 (think the CC Sabathia trade...although Matt LaPorta hasn't really panned out yet). Going forward then, what type of player should the Mariners be targeting? OF with pop? 1B/DH type? Catcher? Starting pitcher a year or two out?
Keep in mind, the title of this post is what should we try to get for Cliff Lee, NOT who. Please keep talk to the abstract, the type of player that Z should go after, no specific names, lest we derail into rosterbation.