SEATTLE -- AOL Fanhouse's Jeff Fletcher reported Monday that the Twins have offered prospects Aaron Hicks and Wilson Ramos for Cliff Lee, who has a 2.34 ERA and boasts a strikeout-to-walk-ratio of almost 15-to-1.
Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik declined comment.
Seattle acquired Lee in the offseason hoping he would be a key piece in the push for the American League West title, but things haven't panned out as the club had envisioned. Lee has been spectacular, but the Mariners sat 14 games behind division leaders Texas entering Monday's game against the Royals.
That gap, coupled with the fact that Lee will be a high-priced free agent at season's end, has fueled rampant speculation that the Mariners will trade him. Hicks and Ramos, two of the top-ranked prospects in Minnesota's system, sweeten the deal.
Hicks, a 20-year-old outfielder, was the No. 14 overall pick in 2008 and has posted a .792 on-base-plus-slugging percentage in three seasons in Rookie and Class A ball. Ramos, 22, has hit just .208 with Triple-A Rochester this season, but he batted .317 in 2009 between Rookie and Double-A ball.
The Mariners have struggled to get regular production at the catcher position this season, and Ramos is likely trade bait for the Twins, who are set at the Major League level with Joe Mauer behind the plate.