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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. 

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Since: Jun 26, 2010
Posted on: July 9, 2010 6:50 pm
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Since: Nov 22, 2007
Posted on: July 9, 2010 6:47 pm
 

Throwing in the Towel

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!



Since: Oct 16, 2006
Posted on: July 9, 2010 6:46 pm
 

Rangers acquire Cliff Lee from Seattle

disagree that Davis will be better than Smoak, but Beavan is the real loss here!!  i just think Smoak makes a LOT more contact than Davis (except when Davis is redhot) time will tell.  Good post,



Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: July 9, 2010 6:45 pm
 

Rangers acquire Cliff Lee from Seattle

And as a die-hard Yankee hater and M's fan, I believe the Rangers just won the ALCS over the Yanks. Have fun in the off-season signing Lee to 6 years and $120M to a 32 yr old. Huge move by the Rangers, love it. Nolan Ryan has balls as big as Texas!



Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: July 9, 2010 6:44 pm
 

Rangers acquire Cliff Lee from Seattle

you must be the smartest yankee i have ever heard of



Since: Oct 16, 2006
Posted on: July 9, 2010 6:44 pm
 

Rangers acquire Cliff Lee from Seattle

  • disagree that Davis will be better than Smoak but time will tell. Beavan is the real loss here.



Since: Oct 24, 2009
Posted on: July 9, 2010 6:42 pm
 

Rangers acquire Cliff Lee from Seattle

Who wants Lilly, Lilly, Lilly?



Since: Sep 2, 2009
Posted on: July 9, 2010 6:41 pm
 

Rangers acquire Cliff Lee from Seattle

I don't know if this is a good trade for the M's. We will have to wait and see if Justin Smoak is the answer at first base. I hope he can develop into a decent power hitter and run producer. I don't know the other guys they got but hopefully a couple of them can be productive in the near future. Texas really got a top notch pitcher in Cliff Lee.



Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: July 9, 2010 6:41 pm
 

Rangers acquire Cliff Lee from Seattle

Smoak's bat is pretty bad? You are an idiot my friend. Look at the last 3 years rather than 2 months.



Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: July 9, 2010 6:39 pm
 

Rangers acquire Cliff Lee from Seattle

R u kidding me? do you know what the Mariners gave up for Cliff Lee to Phil? 3 fringe prospects, none of which were in our top 5. Do you know how good Smoak is? He is the #1 1B prospect/rookie in all of baseball (imo) arguably. And they gave us their #1 pick from the 2007 draft. A potential stud SP. Huge win for the Mariners over what they gave the Phils. Phils are the biggest losers here. Know your stuff before you comment. Don't look at a Rookie's batting average and assume he is trash. he is 23 and probably should not be in the show just yet.


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