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Rangers Acquire Ace Lefty Cliff Lee 13

Posted: July 9, 2010, 5:40 PM ; Updated: July 9, 2010, 5:50 PM

By Jon Heyman, SI.com

The Rangers have completed a deal with the Mariners for ace Cliff Lee only hours after a potential Yankees-Mariners trade fell through, sources said.

Texas is sending switch-hitting first baseman Justin Smoak in a package to Seattle. Mariners reliever Mark Lowe will join Lee as part of the trade to Texas. Seattle will pay the remaining $4 million on Lee's contract, which expires after this season.

Lee, the 2008 AL Cy Young Award winner, owns an 8-3 record this season with a 2.34 ERA.

It appeared that the Yankees were moving toward a deal for Lee earlier on Friday, but talks began to fall apart late in the afternoon. New York offered catcher Jesus Montero, infielder David Adams and a third prospect in basically a take-it-or-leave-it scenario.

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This is great! I'm a Rangers fan you know. This will definetly get the Rangers thier first AL West title since 1999!

The mariners do the most horrible trades ever. He had so much trade value and they get a guy whos hitting .209. Ridiculous.!!!!!

hey stick i agree they do the dumist trades ever

the phillies should have kept him now they only have holliday

FYI...It's Halladay.

Such a good pitcher who is getting moved all over the place!!! I think the Mariners should have kept Lee, I know that they traded him because they want to get other players but no matter what Cliff Lee is better then anybody that was in the deal.

Good job Cliff Lee. If he woulda joined da Yanks I woulda quit watchin baseball.

you dumb mariners! cliff lee will get you to the play offs!

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im sort if a rangers fan and i want them to win the western davision. and im vary hopeful that cliff lee does a good job and powers the rangers past the angles i glad that the yankiees dint get cliff lee i mean they already have cc sabathea but i'd take jesus montero any day

Wow. How stupid. I wouldn't trade them for that loser.

Um...I'm a girl.

hes a big bat come on man

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