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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 CBSSports.com 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. 

Comments

Since: Jun 10, 2008
Posted on: July 9, 2010 7:18 pm
 

Rangers acquire Cliff Lee from Seattle

Oh.... I know...... but low character locker room EBOLA milton bradley will ruin the chemistry of a good hitting team filled with above average pitching.

LOL....... Ask any loser Cubs fan.


Chemistry has little to do with putting wood to leather or locating a pitch.  Cubs fans gave Milton too much credit for the poor overall season they had last year.  Whom are they blaming this year?  Lou I guess since he has lost his "FIRE".  He seemed to have it the game I saw between the Cubs and Mariners.  Interesting that Silva was conveniently unavailable to pitch in that series.  I was sure hoping to boo the fat tub-o-lard for the miserable performance he gave Seattle for 2 years.



Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: July 9, 2010 7:13 pm
 

Rangers acquire Cliff Lee from Seattle

I'm glad to keep Montero. 
I said it this morning and I'll say it again.  We don't need Lee to win.



Since: Apr 26, 2007
Posted on: July 9, 2010 7:12 pm
 

Congrats RANGERS...

Hopefully, this will enable you guys to take out those Yankees. 


rPerspective
Since: Jun 26, 2010
Posted on: July 9, 2010 7:06 pm
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Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: July 9, 2010 7:03 pm
 

Rangers acquire Cliff Lee from Seattle

LUV it that the Yankees didn't get him..........BOOYA   
; GORAYS........see you Yanks in the playoffs



Since: Oct 22, 2008
Posted on: July 9, 2010 7:02 pm
 

Rangers acquire Cliff Lee from Seattle

Great news for Texas and the AL East Red Sox and Rays



Since: Jun 10, 2008
Posted on: July 9, 2010 7:01 pm
 

Rangers acquire Cliff Lee from Seattle

THE TRUTH: Seattle is NOT going anywhere until they get rid of low character locker room EBOLA milton bradley.

Maybe not, but Milton has not been the problem.  It is a team loaded with Mendoza lin hitters without power and a bullpen that has imploded.


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Since: Jun 26, 2010
Posted on: July 9, 2010 6:55 pm
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Since: Mar 13, 2008
Posted on: July 9, 2010 6:52 pm
 

Rangers acquire Cliff Lee from Seattle

    What's gonna be there excuse now???  They already are running away with the West....Anything but the World Series now will be a failure...Especially when they can't sign him to stay longer than 2-3 months...
  



Since: Jun 10, 2008
Posted on: July 9, 2010 6:51 pm
 

Rangers acquire Cliff Lee from Seattle

I feel sorry for all Seattle fans. Your team just gave up on this year....trading a top 10 pitcher to a division rival midseason? Idiots!



The season has been long over.  Don't feel sorry for us for giving up on the year.  Feel sorry for all the painful losses we have endured.


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