Rangers Acquire Cliff Lee From The Mariners.

Ben GartlandAnalyst IIJuly 9, 2010

ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 28: Starting pitcher Cliff Lee #36 of the Seattle Mariners reacts after getting the final out of the eighth inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim  on May 28, 2010 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California.  The Mariners won 8-3. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Earlier today, the first place Texas Rangers traded four players (including Justin Smoak) for Seattle ace, Cliff Lee. 

This bold move by the Rangers was unexpected as many of the fans thought that the Yankees would acquire him, but the Rangers aggressively negotiated and were able to pick up Lee.

Texas leads the AL West by 5.5 games, and with an addition like Lee, barring any injuries they should definitely make it to the post season.

Lee is expected to start probably Saturday against the Orioles. He was originally scheduled to start tonight against the Yankees, one of the teams that was bidding for him.

Seattle received first baseman Justin Smoak, pitcher Blake Beavan, 2nd baseman Matt Lawson, and minor leaguer Josh Leuke. It is expected that Chris Davis will be called up from the minors to replace Smoak.

I don't think this helps Seattle at all, coming off a sweep at home by the Royals, they are in last place by 16 games, and are 15 games under .500. The loss of probably their best pitcher this year probably dooms their second half of the season to be another miserable time in the Seattle.

Ben Gartland

July 9th