Mandelaro, Cameron provide some insight

It was an interesting "Sports Talk" on Wednesday. Jim Mandelaro of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle and Dave Cameron of USSMariner.com and FanGraphs.com provided some good insight into Wilson Ramos, Cliff Lee and the trade rumors surrounding the Minnesota Twins.

Here’s a few thoughts I had after today’s show:

  • Mandelaro thinks it’s inevitable that Ramos gets traded. He also thinks it’s a matter of time before Glen Perkins is traded.
  • Mandelaro said Ramos’ struggles at Triple-A could be due to distractions, but that Ramos should be excited about the possibility of getting traded because it means he’ll get a chance to play at the big league level regularly.
  • Ramos was described as a soft-spoken player who doesn’t say much about the trade rumors.
  • Mandelaro admitted he’s shocked how well Jacque Jones has played for Rochester. Jones was hitting .310 entering Wednesday’s game. Coming into the season, he didn’t think Jones would last this long. But Jones has changed his mind.
  • For those concerned about the Twins trading their two best prospects in Ramos and Aaron Hicks in a deal, Cameron did say he thought a deal could get done without Hicks, but it would require the likes of Scott Baker or Kevin Slowey going to Seattle.
  • Cameron said he doesn’t think Ramos could be the centerpiece of a trade for Lee.
  • When put on the spot, Cameron said he predicts Lee ends up getting traded to Minnesota in a deal for Hicks and Ramos.

Want to talk Cliff Lee? Tune in to Sports Talk

We have a special Cliff Lee trade rumors edition of "Sports Talk" from 1-2 p.m. today on 970-AM WDAY radio.

I will be hosting the show today. Joining me in studio – making his radio debut – is The Forum’s resident hockey rube Ben Karkela. He’ll be filling in for Andrew "Don’t call me Andy" Gottenborg, whose two-week trial on the show came to an end last week.

It’s a hockey-free show today, so Ben will have to do the best he can to stay focused.

We want to get both sides of the Lee-to-the-Twins rumors. For the first segment, we’ll be joined by Rochester Red Wings beat reporter Jim Mandelaro of the Rochester (N.Y.) Democrat and Chronicle. Mandelaro can fill us in on how catching prospect Wilson Ramos is handling all of the trade rumors right now. We might ask him about a few other players too: Jacque Jones, Jose Morales, Brendan Harris, Pat Neshek, Glen Perkins, etc.

In the second segment, for a Seattle point of view, we’ll have Dave Cameron joining us. Cameron writes for the famed USSMariner.com and for FanGraphs.com, plus he contributes to the Wall Street Journal. Cameron can tell us how well Lee has performed for the Mariners and let us know what the M’s want in a trade. You can read his thoughts on the latest Lee rumors here.

Finally, we’ll also discuss the latest news from the NBA free agency circus. LeBron James is getting a one hour special on ESPN. I hate the idea of it, but I’m sure I’ll watch it anyway. I’m part of the problem, not the solution. Also, it’s being reported that Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh are going to Miami.

To take part in the show, call us at 293-9000 or (800) 279-9329 or e-mail talk@wday.com. And if you have any questions for either guest, post them in the Comments section too and I’ll try to get to them today.