According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Texas Rangers have indeed acquired Cliff Lee from the Seattle Mariners.
The Rangers are sending a package that will include one of baseball’s best prospects in Justin Smoak as well as two to three other top Rangers prospects.
Interesting as well is that the the Mariners are kicking in a portion of Lee’s salary as part of the deal according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today.
There was a time when stars like Cliff Lee, would never be traded in the same division… Boy, times sure have changed…
Quite frankly, I’m glad it’s over… But expect a tremendous amount of interest to be shifted toward the Astros’ Roy Oswalt and LHP Ted Lilly of the Cubs.
With 16-18 teams all within shot of making the post season, one thing is absolutely certain, a starting pitcher won’t come cheap.
If the Mets start throwing names like Josh Thole and Nick Evans around they will come away empty handed. That means they will be relying on Takahashi, Niese, Pelfrey and Dickey to continue to pitching well above their career norms. They may also be forced to put Oliver Perez and John Maine back into the rotation.
Do you still like their chances?
Original Post 4:00 PM
So much for that planned 3:00 PM press conference…
According to WFAN’s Mike Francesa, the Mariners have backed off the Yankees deal for Cliff Lee and a mystery third team has topped their offer.
Joel Sherman of the New York Post, believes that the Mariners are backing off because they are concerned about the injury to second base prospect David Adams.
Sherman tweeted moments ago that the Rangers are working really hard on Lee now, but that it may be tricky because finances with team sale are not yet complete and that they have an MLB-imposed budget.
Francesa just confirmed that the Yankees no longer appear to be in the mix to acquire Lee.
What a day…