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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: Jul 28, 2009
Posted on: July 9, 2010 5:37 pm
 

Rangers acquire Cliff Lee from Seattle

Dude get a grip.  Seattle wasn't going to make the playoffs this year and Lee would have signed elsewhere next year.  You gained a top young 1B Prospect that is a rookie call up who is still getting adjusted to playing at the major league level.  Be happy you got something better for Lee than Montero and a no-name 2b.



Since: Dec 22, 2008
Posted on: July 9, 2010 5:37 pm
 

Rangers acquire Cliff Lee from Seattle

Seattle don't realize it, but they just done the Yanks a huge favor. Lee not going to the or the , plus the Yanks get to keep their prospects. On top of that they'll still get Lee in the offseason. Thank you Seattle!!!  Plus, if I were a Rangers fan I would be PI$$ED about giving up Smoak, that kid is gonna be a freakin stud.



Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: July 9, 2010 5:36 pm
 

Rangers acquire Cliff Lee from Seattle

Thank you baseball gods.  With the sale of the Rangers still pending I was starting to worry.  Losing Smoak is not really a big deal...Good glove, but his bat is pretty bad.



Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: July 9, 2010 5:33 pm
 

Rangers acquire Cliff Lee from Seattle

I wholeheartidly agree with you Sportsdvl.  We don't need Lee now.  Better to wait until the offseason when Vasquez and others come off the books and sign him as a free agent.  I'd rather lose a late first round pick then Montero, Adams, and whatever else it was going to take to get him. 



Since: Feb 15, 2010
Posted on: July 9, 2010 5:33 pm
 

Rangers acquire Cliff Lee from Seattle

THIS IS THE BEST TRADE BY THE RANGERS SINCE THEY SENT ADRIAN GONZALEZ TO THE PADRES FOR WHAT'S-HIS-NAME!



Since: Sep 23, 2006
Posted on: July 9, 2010 5:32 pm
 

Rangers acquire Cliff Lee from Seattle

Funny, I feel the same way.  The Yankees do not have many prospects and giving up the catcher would have come back to hurt them.  Also good to see a team like the Rangers, who have never won anything, making a serious push.



Since: Dec 8, 2009
Posted on: July 9, 2010 5:30 pm
 

Rangers acquire Cliff Lee from Seattle

So let me get this straight, we traded Lee to the rangers for smoak who is barely hitting above .200 excuse me for a second while I slit my wrists



Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: July 9, 2010 5:29 pm
 

Rangers acquire Cliff Lee from Seattle

Thank you sportsdvl for showing everyone all Yankee fans are not bad. I get sick and tired hearing all the haters condemning all Yanks fans. I am also a die hard Yankees fan and I agree with you.



Since: May 4, 2009
Posted on: July 9, 2010 5:28 pm
 

Rangers acquire Cliff Lee from Seattle

This is HUGE for the Rangers!!!  They haven't had a bona fide ace since I don't know when!!!  Yes!!  Rangers fans finally have something to cheer about!!!  Welcome to Texas Cliff Lee!!!  HELLO PLAYOFFS!!



Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: July 9, 2010 5:28 pm
 

Rangers acquire Cliff Lee from Seattle

Lee is a free agent after this season, so don't get too excited he isn't in a Yankee uniform, because he very well could be when the season starts next year.


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