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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: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: July 9, 2010 5:28 pm

Rangers acquire Cliff Lee from Seattle

I play fantasy baseball, and to your post, I say WHO CARES? The huge flaw that has come out of fantasy sports is chowder's like you who then find self importance from something you have no part in. Get a life! One that involves yourself.

Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: July 9, 2010 5:25 pm

Rangers acquire Cliff Lee from Seattle

Hey Sportsdvl, don't you know that the Yankees will start to ban you from the Stadium if you continue to be such a good sport about these types of things.Wink

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: July 9, 2010 5:22 pm

Rangers acquire Cliff Lee from Seattle

I am a Yankee fan and am happy to see Lee go to Texas.  MLB doesn't need Lee in a Yankees uniform.

Hopefully the trade will work out for both the Rangers and the Mariners.

Since: Dec 11, 2008
Posted on: July 9, 2010 5:22 pm

Rangers acquire Cliff Lee from Seattle

Dang! Twins missed out. Call the Diamondbacks, We want Dan Haren.

Since: Jun 14, 2009
Posted on: July 9, 2010 5:21 pm

Rangers acquire Cliff Lee from Seattle

WOOO I can keep him on my fantasy team now!

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