Cliff Lee traded to the Texas Rangers

Cliff Lee was traded from the Seattle Mariners to the Texas Rangers in a 6 player swap. 

The M’s sent Lee and reliever Mark Lowe to Texas for first baseman Justin Smoak and minor leaguers Blake Beavan, Josh Lueke and Matthew Lawson.

Lee this year is 8-4 with a 2.64 ERA and has thrown 6 complete games. He comes to a first place Texas team and he is excited about it.

 “They’ve got a great team, they’re in first place and I’m going to try and go there and do everything I can to help them head in the direction they’re heading. They’re already in a good spot, have a great team and I just want to be one of the guys.”

As of right now, he is one of those guys. He started for the Rangers tonight against the Orioles at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington and he didn’t give an All Star performance but he pitched the way they want him to pitch for the rest of the year. He pitched a complete game 9 innings, struck out two and walked none. The only hiccup is that he let up three home runs and 6 runs in the process. Even with the okay start, he is going to make the Rangers a much better team. The key to the deal was Justin Smoak and the Rangers pulled the trigger at the right time and Seattle got their future power bat.

After the trade, the Mariners called up right-hander David Pauley in Lee’s place on Friday night against the Yankees. The Rangers called up Chris Davis to play first base for the rest of the season after getting called down in April.

For the full story and complete coverage click on ESPN

…This trade was pretty special for both teams. The Mariners said it was bittersweet to trade away players the organization felt can be impact players in the future, including Smoak, who was the club’s starting first baseman. The switch-hitter was the Rangers’ No. 1 pick in 2008 (11th overall), but has struggled this season in the big leagues. He’s hitting .209 with eight homers and 34 RBIs in 70 games. The Mariners said he expects Smoak to start for the Mariners on Saturday. Beavan was also a first-round selection, picked up 17th overall from Irving High School in the Dallas area. The Rangers paid above slot for both players at the time.  The first place Rangers on the other end got an ace and are looking to do a ton of damage. He is a very good playoff pitcher and that is what the Rangers look forward to in a few months. Lee was 4-0 with a 1.56 ERA in five postseason outings last year for Philadelphia, including 2-0 in the World Series against the Yankees. I expect Lee to dominate in the second half and look to turn himself into a super star so in the offseason he can make a ton of money and sign with a club who will play him. It was a great trade from both teams and I can’t wait to see how the players turn out by the end of the season…

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