Blog Entry

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: May 5, 2007
Posted on: July 9, 2010 8:10 pm

Rangers acquire Cliff Lee from Seattle

To your statement....Are you aware how much the yankees pay the low market teams with the luxury tax... you blame the yankees because the owners of the small market teams rather take the money and put it into there bank account rather then invest in there ball clubs...Dont blame the yankees for spending money that they have, but I am happy for texas specially since I bet them to win the AL before the season started at 20-1

Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: July 9, 2010 8:08 pm

Rangers acquire Cliff Lee from Seattle

Anybody but the Yankees or Boston that's the last thing I WANT TO HEAR

Since: Aug 13, 2009
Posted on: July 9, 2010 8:08 pm

Rangers acquire Cliff Lee from Seattle

This was a great move by Jack Z and the M's.  Lee was never going to sign with Seattle next year.  If the last place team held onto Lee for the remainder of the season, and lost him to free agency,  they would of received two compensary draft picks next year.  This way they receive two round picks by the Rangers instead.  Smoak has the potential to be a great bat the M's deserately need. It was fun having Lee on the team, but with no run support day in and day out, something had to give.  Lee's walk to strikeout ratio is beyond belief. 6 BB to 89 Ks. On pace to become the best stat ever. Enjoy Ranger fans, I did.

Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: July 9, 2010 7:50 pm

Rangers acquire Cliff Lee from Seattle

Kudos to you sportsdvl for understanding why it would be bad for NY to get Lee.  Baseball has already lost enough fans because of the spending inequality and the fact that teams can't compete with the likes of the Yankees and Boston every year in free agency.  Its a sad state of affairs...I almost didn't play fantasy baseball this year because baseball just makes me sick to my stomach these days.

Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: July 9, 2010 7:47 pm

Rangers acquire Cliff Lee from Seattle

As a Yankee fan, I can see the "good for baseball" treacle: ok, fair enough.

But when the Rangers beat out Yanks, first for best record, then in the playoffs, I'll be plenty steamed.

Too bad he couldn't have been dropped on one of the NL teams.

Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: July 9, 2010 7:42 pm

Rangers acquire Cliff Lee from Seattle

As an Angel fan our season just got a lil tougher. Texas is by far the favorite to take the division from us now with this trade. Were gonna have to wait and see how this turns out, maybe Lee will hate summer in Texas and will suck the rest of the year haha, or not. Good luck too the Ranger and let the best team win... Go Angels!!!!   

Since: Oct 10, 2007
Posted on: July 9, 2010 7:40 pm

Rangers acquire Cliff Lee from Seattle

First aquiring Molina in a trade and now Lee...those dang Rangers trying to "buy" a World Series...

Actually its finally nice to see some other management go out and do something to make their team better besides the Yankees.  I get sick of owners holding onto their wallets and "prospects" and whining when the Yankees go out and do what a good business does.  MAKE YOUR COMPANY BETTER.
As a baseball fan I would have rather seen the Twins get Lee.  In my mind they are a top notch run company with some great fans.  They are contenders every year despite minimum payroll.  Would have been nice to see them put some distance between themselves and the Tigers and WhiteSox.
As a Yankees fan I would have loved to have Lee. We are strong enough a team already w/out him but with him I think the Yankees could have made a second half surge we have not seen in a long time.
I just hope the Yanks don't do anything foolish and give up some top prospects for the second best available player at the deadline.  Lee was a top of the rotation stud pitcher without a doubt.  I don't think Oswalt or Haren are even close to comparable.

Should be a exciting second half.

Since: Jun 17, 2009
Posted on: July 9, 2010 7:38 pm

Rangers acquire Cliff Lee from Seattle

Rangers gave up a lot, but they had no choice, they couldn't afford Oswalt, or anyone making money. It goes to show you, the Yankees will never be bad, they might miss the playoffs 1 out of every 10 years, but they will always have the best players.

Since: Jun 26, 2010
Posted on: July 9, 2010 7:31 pm
This comment has been removed.

Post Deleted by Administrator

Since: Sep 7, 2007
Posted on: July 9, 2010 7:24 pm

Rangers acquire Cliff Lee from Seattle

This is the greatest thing that has ever happened to me!

We finally have the arms to compete with the Evil Empire, not just get there and get jacklaid by the Yankees.

Baseball season just got a little longer in Texas.

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or