Friday, July 09, 2010

Cliff Lee Traded to the Texas Rangers

posted by Jon Williams
Cliff Lee has been traded within the American League but not to the New York Yankees as many were speculating. Instead, the Seattle Mariners have sent Cliff Lee, Mark Lowe, and cash to the Texas Rangers for first baseman Justin Smoak and prospect right-hander Blake Beavan, Frisco reliever Josh Lueke and second baseman-outfielder Matt Lawson.

Texas Stadium (or the Ballpark or whatever) is not an ideal place for any pitcher to call home. But Lee owners should not panic. Lee will be pitching in front of a solid defense team. Whatever he loses because of the park (not a lot I expect) should be more than compensated for in offensive support.

Smoak as a left-handed power hitter should be able to succeed in Seattle's pitching park. More on the prospects after I get to do a little research.

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Blogger 3FingersBrown said...

I just offered a 6th round pick in next years draft for Lee in my keeper league, but I'm a little nervous about his HR rates going up in Arlington. Of course, he did pretty well in Philly last year, so there's that.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at 1:49:00 AM EDT  

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