Mariners Trade Cliff Lee and Mark Lowe to Texas Rangers - Cliff Lee was surely traded to a team where he would get first-place on a regular basis. But he wasn't going to New York Yankees. One of the most valuable player in this league will be wearing Texas Rangers uniform.
Despite being hit by bankruptcies and unsettled ownership, Rangers managed to complete the transaction with six players. Texas Rangers also managed to get Mark Lowe from the underachiever Mariners, traded with rookie Justin Smoak and three minor leaguers.
Although the Texas Rangers are unlikely to be able to hold Cliff Lee for the long term, but what important now is that they managed to get this left-handed players before the trade deadline on July 31. Cliff Lee, who last year played in the World Series as a pitcher in Philadelphia, will play for Texas Rangers for the first time on Saturday night against Baltimore.
Cliff Lee, who is now 31 years old get a lucrative $ 9 million of salary this season, and most likely will get more when the season ends. This is the third time Cliff Lee was traded in a year, after he moved from Philadelphia to Seattle last December.
For Texas Rangers, this is a very significant move, considering their financial situation was not convincing anyone that they are able to do this transaction.
One hour after officially signed Cliff Lee, Texas Rangers lost 7-6 in 10 innings against Baltimore. This is the second defeat of Texas in a row to underachiever teams.