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Rangers acquire Cliff Lee from Seattle

Posted on: July 9, 2010 5:03 pm
Edited on: July 9, 2010 5:38 pm

The Cliff Lee talks went from whirlwind to nuts on Friday, with a deal with the Yankees moving from nearly done to essentially falling apart by Friday afternoon, leaving the door open for the Texas Rangers to swoop in and acquire Lee for a package of prospects centered around first baseman Justin Smoak, according to sources.

The Rangers will receive Lee and reliever Mark Lowe in exchange for Smoak, minor-league second baseman Matt Lawson and two minor-league right-handed pitchers, Josh Lueke and Blake Bevin.

Seattle also will send cash to Texas, a sum said by one source to be "in excess of $2 million", to cover part of the $4.5 million owed Lee through the rest of 2010.

The Rangers, according to one club official, were feverishly working much of the day toward striking a deal to acquire Seattle's ace left-hander, the prize pitcher on the trade market this July. The offensively challenged Mariners were looking for good, young hitters, and the Texas farm system is stocked.

The news, expected to be formally announced later Friday, caps a wild day of rumors, talks and speculation.

With Lee scheduled to pitch against the Yankees on Friday evening, the day started with New York moving into position to strike quickly to bring Lee to the Bronx, according to sources. The Yankees were deep in discussions Friday morning to acquire Lee for a package centered around catching prospect Jesus Montero and minor-league second baseman David Adams.

When those talks broke down -- or, more likely, causing those talks to break down -- the Rangers were exceptionally aggressive. Texas was working with the benefit of one of the game's most well-stocked farm systems, and the acquisition of Lee makes first-place Rangers strong favorites to win their first AL West crown since 1999.

The Rangers have called a 5 p.m. CDT press conference to announce the deal. 


Since: Aug 13, 2009
Posted on: December 30, 2012 4:56 am

Rangers acquire Cliff Lee from Seattle

god your hot, even after all these years

Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: July 9, 2010 10:05 pm

Rangers acquire Cliff Lee from Seattle

Kevin Millwood was an ace for a couple seasons, but other than him you might have to go back to Nolan Ryan

Since: May 19, 2009
Posted on: July 9, 2010 9:43 pm

Rangers acquire Cliff Lee from Seattle

What does this mean for the Rangers at 1st base. Smoak was playing there correct. Does this mean another appearance of Chris Davis?

Since: Sep 23, 2007
Posted on: July 9, 2010 9:21 pm

Rangers acquire Cliff Lee from Seattle

Don't be surprised if Smoak and Beavin are all-stars in 2-3 years. They are young, but both have very good talent.

Since: Sep 15, 2008
Posted on: July 9, 2010 9:20 pm

Rangers acquire Cliff Lee from Seattle

Great news for Rays and Swax? sorry to bust your bubble here Kap, but neither the Rays nor Swax are winning the AL East. in fact, one of them will be left out in the cold.

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: July 9, 2010 9:18 pm

C ya, C Lee

Good to see that Cliff is going to a team that has more fair weather fans than the Cowboys. Im a Seattle fan and was excited to see him come onto the team. I tried to get an autograph ironically at the Rangers ballpark and he passed me up twice even though he was signing other people's Rangers merchandise. Everyone else was wearing Rangers gear while I was deck out in the M's gear. After being approached by some other M's fans he decided to sign some more autographs while using my pen. He finally signed my baseball but afterwards really didnt care too much cause the guy seems to show loyalty to only one thing...himself. Great baseball player, so-so individual. Good luck Rangers, I will be surprised if yall can keep him after the season.

Since: Sep 23, 2007
Posted on: July 9, 2010 9:17 pm

Rangers acquire Cliff Lee from Seattle

He is likely only a three month rental. The Rangers are not the Yankees or Red Sox, so they probably won't be able to re-sign. But as a Rangers fan, a single year in the post season makes it worth the young talent traded away. And you never know... lightning in a bottle. We've got a shot!

Since: May 19, 2009
Posted on: July 9, 2010 9:06 pm

Rangers acquire Cliff Lee from Seattle

You're the same cast as whoever you are talking to buddy. Since you admittedly play fantasy baseball, where's you're self importance if you choose to participate in a months long competition to see who can field the best non-existent baseball team? You're a hypocrite no matter how you cut it. Find something of importance "that involves yourself"!!

Further, what's the point of fantasy sports if not to fantasize that you actually got some kinda' game?! Don't be such a pontificating, altruistic tight ass!!!!

He's right, Lee has much more use and value now that he's on the Rangers. Bottom line. That's fantasy sports! Dumb ass!!

Since: May 16, 2009
Posted on: July 9, 2010 8:49 pm

Rangers acquire Cliff Lee from Seattle

Cliff likes cheese.  He also is a fan of eggrolls.   he dosen't even use toilet paper.   paint the dog red.

Since: May 1, 2008
Posted on: July 9, 2010 8:13 pm

Rangers acquire Cliff Lee from Seattle

There was no Yankees deal.  Seattle leaked it just to drive up the asking price from other teams.  

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