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.